Question about NEC ND-3550A DVD RW Dual Layer Burner

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Cannot read dvd-r or -rw

Dont know what happend but i used to read dvd-r and -rw dvds but now when i insert one the folder looks empty and if its nothing its inside :S i use windows xp pro sp2 , dvd + r works at best.

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  • Anonymous Nov 01, 2007

    It's reads files but cannot burn Cds

  • Anonymous Nov 01, 2007

    I lost my driver of Nec ND 3550A

  • Anonymous Nov 18, 2007

    oh yeah!

  • Anonymous Feb 24, 2008

    i face the same problem?whats the solutuion

  • JCCurley Mar 16, 2008

    I installed my ND-3550A DVD-RW about 2 years ago... been using it until a couple of weeks ago when I started having problems readind CD's... I thought the problem was with the media... I now realize that I cannot read any CD's. Help...

  • Anonymous Jun 10, 2008

    Cannot read dvd-r or -rw

  • rasheeds_vir Jul 08, 2008

    ND-3550A- not able to read DVD-r/rw.

  • Anonymous Aug 05, 2008

    Cannot read dvd-r or -rw bat y read cd-r or rw : nec dvd_rw nd 3550a

  • ivelcsov Aug 05, 2008

    Cannot read dvd-r or dvd-rw . Y read and burn cd.

    Sistem "win xp prof" & "nec dvd_rw nd 3550a

  • alan 123 Aug 09, 2008

    Packard Bell iMedia 1308. Win XP Home. 160GB. 1.5GB Ram. I suffered a virus which deleted a boot file (NTDLR). I have replaced the operating system with a Win XP Home OEM Version and upgraded to SP3. ND 3550 Drive works ok for CD / CD Rom but will not recognise a DVD. I have tried to flash the firmware but it cannot find the drive. Any ideas please to alan.mahoney@talktalk.net I look forward to hearing your ideas and possible solutions. Thank You

  • keny_bg Aug 27, 2008

    Reads cd but not a dvd

  • Anonymous Mar 05, 2009

    I ave the same problem

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2009

    Yep, I'm sure they put a "bomb" in their 3550a drive to destruct after a certain time just to force a person to buy another....which is exactly what I did and it was Pioneer NOT- NEC ever again on anything they make. And I'll tell everyone else that will listen what crappy junk they produce and absolutely no support either.

  • trompy400 Mar 30, 2009

    I have the same problem, I will buy any other product excepting NEC.

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No Solution and Sony nor NEC will help. I will no longer buy their brands due to support issues as well as their hardware must be set to self destruct thinking you will buy from them again.

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