I have two DVD Burners on my XP desktop machine. I can burn one DVD on either burner after a fresh reboot most of the time. If I try to burn two DVD's without rebooting in between the second burn fails almost always. The failed disc is unusable, showing 0 bytes used and 0 bytes available.
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What operating system do you have? The drive is fully supported by XP onwards and should be auto detected. You may have to delete the current driver in device manager reboot & Windows should install a compatible driver. (Start > right-click computer > properties > Device Manager > DVD Drives > Highlight faulty drive and delete > reboot)
Also, WinXP does not allow you to burn DVDs unless you have appropriate burning software installed (e.g. Nero)
Sounds like a problem with Windows XP; but it could be a lot of things. Can you remember if you installed any software or Windows updates just prior to this? It's possible that one of the Windows DLL's that interfaces with your burners is missing or corrupted.
I would do these things to troubleshoot:
1. Try using System Restore to restore the computer to a point before your burners stopped working.
2. Check the burner manufacturers support sites to see if anyone has had this problem. They may have a link to a file (DLL) that you need to replace.
If both burners are visible in My Computers, but you just can't burn, then I strongly suspect that a Windows DLL file is missing or corrupted.
some burners can only use certain formats for burning to. For example, CD Burners may only be able to use CDRs, and not CDRW (RW is rewriteable). DVD Burners may only be able to use DVD+R, or DVD-R, not able to use DVD+or-RW at all, or you might be trying to use DVDRAM. Have a look at the specs listed in the user manual, and go from there.
Laser failure is very common on CD and DVD players/recorders, they are very easy to change and very inexpensive these days.
I keep three or four of this one on the shelf in my workshop all the time. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106226
The beauty of this one is that it comes with both a black and a beige bezel to suit most machines, it is also a "retail" version so it comes with burning and playback software, not all burning software will recognize all burners and often people phone me up asking why the new burner they have bought (OEM) will not burn, infact their burning software cannot even recognize their new burner.
Also some burners do not recognize all makes of CD and DVD disks, I have yet to come accross a make of disk that that Liteon doesn't burn with no problems.
THE problem is your registery or other temp files windows or the software is using. TRY formatting and reinstalling. I dont think its hardawe i strongly believe its a problem with your windows or burning software
YOu can also try anoter burning software.. BUT I THINK youd need to format to solve your problem