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CDRW - reads but doesn't burn

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by itweb, Apr 10, 2008.

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  1. itweb

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    OK, here is the situation.

    Since my old CDRW completely gave up (didn't read, write or recognized the CDs), I got a replacement, USED Lite-ON LTR-52327S model.

    It reads CDs just fine, but I am not able to burn anything. And I tried it under XP Pro2, Knoppix, Mint and Mepis. I tried 3 or 4 different CD brands. Tried both regular data compliation and ISO. Tried CD Burning XP Pro, Nero 8 and couple more that I don't remember.

    All software except for Nero, recognizes blank CDs as full, with zero bytes remaining. Nero, on the bottom tab shows empty disk but when I tried to burn, it pops up with disk full message.

    Linux distro were giving me more error info, including possible DMA errors and buffer underruns.

    Let me know if I need to paste some more info (error logs - what exactly should I do), but for starters here is my system:

    Mobo: MSI 845E Max2
    BIOS Revision Number (if known): 5.70, MSI Live Update shows it as the newest one. It's kinda aged though (2003 or so?)
    CPU/Speed: 2.4GHZ Pentium 4
    RAM Manufacturer/Type/Module Size: Samsung 2x 512Mb
    CDRW/CDROM/DVD Manufacturer and Spec: Lite-On LTR-52327s
    Operating System: Windows XP Pro SP2
    Anything else you think is relevant: 2 hard drives on Primary IDE, 2 optical drives on Secondary IDE, CDRW is master.

    I have tried a lot of things, including system re-installs, but lets keep all options open. One thing on the list is to try this CDRW out in a different box.
     
  2. Rich-M

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    One of the last things I would buy used is a cd burner, especially a cheap brand like Lite-on and it sounds like you have one that doesn't work also. If you tried a different cable and made sure the plugs are seated, that is about all you can do.
     
  3. itweb

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    I know, but it's an old setup that will need replacement soon (most likely laptop), so I needed a cheap fix. And it was cheap enough to give it a try.

    Yeah, it was tried in different cable/primary-secondary/master-slave setups.

    One thing that bothers me is that it didn't work both at XP and Linux systems.

    I am aware about registry fixes existence (tried couple) and it might be viable option.
    Trying the drive in another box is another, but I won't have time to do it for another couple days.
     
  4. Rich-M

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    If it doesn't work in Linux or Windows that rules out software and makes it most likely a dead drive unfortunately.
     
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