Just got a ND-3550A (DVD+RW) from Newegg, used it for a week or two, then it started throwing messages when I try to erase a DVD.
"Cannot complete the CD writing Wizard"
The wizard cannot finish erasing the disc and has stopped the process. Please try again to make sure that the disc is ready to reuse.
I've tried the XP troubleshooting function, but the options offered do not reflect the problem I am having.
This issue started before I reloaded XP, which I did this weekend. No apparent improvement after reinstalling XP.
WinXP (fresh re-install) - PowerDVD XP 4.0 - 4x 4.7gb discs
I do not (yet) have any burning software installed such as Nero - I'm just trying to drag and drop files.
I can play CDs and DVDs just fine.
I tried to drag files to a CD disc and was told that no space is available. Right clicking on the drive in My Computer does not offer an erase or format option, so apparently I cannot write to CDs either...
I too have had problems with the Windows CD writing wizard, it is possibly the biggest piece of crap for multimedia in the world, i bet you can find another program on the internet that would work much better for burning, or yu might be able to just steal one off something like limewire or morpheous. ill see if i can find something for you.
AutoRun : 1
Excluded drive IDs:
WriteBufferSize: 74448896 (0) Byte
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 511MB (523744kB)
Free physical memory: 77MB (79340kB)
Memory in use : 84 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0)
7:40:57 PM #1 Text 0 File Isodoc.cpp, Line 6423
UDF document burn settings
Determine maximum speed : TRUE
Simulate : FALSE
Write : TRUE
Finalize CD : FALSE
Multisession : TRUE
Multisession type: : Start multisession
Burning mode : DAO
Mode : 1
UDF Mode : pure
UDF Options : automatic
UDF Revision : 1.02
UDF Partition Type : physical
7:40:58 PM #2 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 531
ReadBuffer-Pipe got 72704KB of Memory
7:40:58 PM #3 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 124
7:40:58 PM #4 Text 0 File Writer.cpp, Line 113
Writer E: _NEC DVD_RW ND-3550A running
7:41:00 PM #5 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3353
Turn on Disc-At-Once, using DVD media
7:41:33 PM #6 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 289
Last possible write address on media: 2295103 (510:01.28, 4482MB)
Last address to be written: 1729583 (384:21.08, 3378MB)
7:41:33 PM #7 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 301
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD)
7:41:33 PM #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 2715
Recorder: _NEC DVD_RW ND-3550A, Media type: DVD+RW
7:41:33 PM #9 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 473
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<
Insert the disc to write to.
(Medium in drive: Unknown. Medium required by compilation: DVD R/RW, DVD DL.)
7:41:33 PM #10 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 847
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_DATA_MODE1 ()
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 1729584 (1729584) = #1729584/384:21.9
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/ required, no patch infos
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 1729584 blocks [E: _NEC DVD_RW ND-3550A]
I hope it wouldn't get to this, but of course I'll wipe it up and reinstall if necessary. I tried almost everything I can think of - upgrading the firmware, reinstalling the windows cdrom.sys driver, couldn't find any original NEC drivers for XP (do you happen to have one or know a source of?), replacing the IDE cables (I know it has nothing to do with it but still), trying several different CD/DVD manufaturars, system restoring with several checkpoints.
What's puzzelling is that it works perfectly with another computer with the same OS and the same Nero version, but I can't seem to isolate the problem.
What's even more puzzelling is that Nero is actually able to burn files on the empty media (altough with an ample of error messages in the while), and the drive can subsequetially read the result, but it can't read those blank ones when first put in.
I just had a Pioneer quit reading major-release DVD Movies. It reads other DVD formats, including DVD-R movies. In fact, if I burn a copy of a major release movie, with all the protections removed, it reads the unprotected copy. I believe the problem is malware, installed by one of the major movie companies as "DRM" protection. I haven't had a chance to test the drive in another system, or reload Windows on the system it's on.