Alright, the short of it is that I recently purchased this combo drive and I'm having some major trouble with it. I suppose it's more a question of wether or not I got a faulty drive.
The symptoms are as follows:
- Refuses to autoplay any CDs except for audio
- Any attempt to access a CD results in Windows saying it isn't a valid win32 application.
- Refuses to play the majority if not all of the tracks on an audio disk entirely, but will sometimes play certain aparently random tracks flawlessly.
- Similar issue when ripping with dbPowerAmp; most if not all of the tracks will simply fail, and ocasionally a couple might rip properly.
Oddly enough however, DVDs seem to run just fine. I'm watching the fourth disk of Battlestar Galactica season oneright now and it's not skipping, or anything.
So, I'm at a complete loss as to what exactly to do in order to decide wether or not this thing is faulty or if there's something I can do about it. No experience in this department.
I agree with who ever said get a DVD RW. Both Lite-On and NEC makes good DVD burners for $40. I'm currently using a NEC 3500, I think the most recent model is 3550, and have never had a problem. Have Lite-On CDWR combo in the Kids computer and never any problems. As an aside, if anyone wants to test the durability of a piece of equipment, put it in a kid's computer. It's not that they necessarily abuse a computer, though some do, but they're used hard. The difference between driving a car slow and easy vs pushing it most of the time.