I bought an AOpen ESV8484U CD/DVD writer a couple of years ago. I've
recently changed my computer, and can't find the CD containing the
driver software. I've tried looking ofr it on the Net to no avail. And
the AOpen site is no help either. The device is still in very good
shape. Can I get the driver anywhere? And I am using Windows XP
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it's a classic drive failure problem where the laser can no longer burn or read dvd's, and show rhr writer as a cdrw, but may still be able to read or write cd's only.
You will have to replace the drive, they are quite inexpensive, and very easy to fit.
Right click on my computer>properties>device manager>hardware and look for line saying cd/dvd drives and highlight your dvd burner.
Right click it and click uninstal.
Restart your pc and Windows will automatically re install it.
See if this works, if not either needs a lazer clean disc or you need to replace it they are cheap these days.
Check which flate cable do you have for its connection. AOpen recommendation is for 80-wire ATA-66/100 cable. In case this is not the cable you have, you should replace it.
(The ATA/66/100 IDE cable is made from 80-conductor wire with 40 pin connectors, providing the superior ground spacing required by the ATA/66/100 specs, and allowing the full 100 Mbps burst transfer rate).
Another AOpen recommendation is to configur the unit as a "Master" and not as a slave.