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usb cd rw only seen as cd

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  1. stanleyg

    stanleyg Thread Starter

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    I bought a new 48x12x48 sony usb2 cd rw. computer is 700 cel running windows me. Already had internal burner (slow). Computer only sees the slow burner. New usb2 burner is seen only as cd. Main cd writing software is Easy CD Creater 4 ...also have two other programs, all see new burner as only cd.
     
  2. slipe

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    Welcome to TSG

    I doubt that EZCD4 has been updated to include a 48X USB burner, and any other software you installed of the same vintage is unlikely to work. Burner software has to be specifically upgraded by the software maker for each model of burner. And after a while they stop updating the old stuff. Sonys usually come with B’s Recorder Gold, and you should be concentrating on that if you have it.

    USB burners require drivers for the USB. I’ve never had one, but there is usually interface software that is required. How is the burner showing in device manager and/or control panel?

    If all you have is EZCD4 and software of that vintage you might download the trial of Nero. If it works you know the problem is software related. http://www.nero.com/en/index.html#download
     
  3. JohnWill

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    I also believe the issue is the old burning software, I suspect modern versions will not have this issue. Of course, it would also help to know what O/S you're running, and what the USB CD is displayed as in Device Manager.
     
  4. stanleyg

    stanleyg Thread Starter

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    I am not at home, so can't check device manager now, but the new usb burner came with recording software (B's Recorder Gold)
    This software too only recognizes my new drive as a CD and not as a burner.
     
  5. vboccio

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    USB 2.0 is only supported by Windows XP, This may be yor problem
     
  6. slipe

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    I think WinXP is the only OS with native support for USB2, but most adapter cards come with drivers for other OSs. USB2 is backward compatible to USB1, and most USB2 burners will burn at 4X on USB1.

    But that brings up a point: you did install a USB2 card – right? Not much sense getting a USB2 48X burner and having it burn at 4X. Especially when you have an old slow internal burner that is working fine.

    Does everything look OK in device manager for the card?

    And was there software for the USB interface? Installation OK?
     
  7. stanleyg

    stanleyg Thread Starter

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    I have a usb2 card installed and it is working. I have a usb2 hard drive that is running with no problems.
    I downloaded drivers for the usb2 burner from the sony website, they seemed to install ok but still its seen as only a cd drive.
     
  8. slipe

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    Is it showing in device manager as a generic drive or does it identify it as a Sony drive. If it is seeing it as a Sony I would mess with Bs a little more before giving up.

    Normally with an internal burner if it works as a CD-ROM it is up to the recording software from there. USB burners are a real pain in that there is the interface driver.

    I’m really out of suggestions. I wouldn’t let anyone I know buy an external burner and I don’t have experience with laptops. So all I know about the interface is what I’ve read.

    Maybe we can keep it on the first page until someone with troubleshooting experience with USB burners comes along. My suggestion would be to return it since Sony support can’t help you and get an internal burner. You probably won’t be happy with Bs anyway – most people don’t like it much.
     
  9. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    I have USB 2.0 running on W2K and W98, just not with Microsoft supplied drivers. The USB 2.0 drives don't seem to mind the 3rd party drivers at all! :D
     
  10. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

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    FWIW, I have an old 8x4x32 generic CD-RW drive in a USB 2.0 cabinet, it runs just fine on W2K or XP, but I couldn't get it to burn CD's on W98, though it will read them. Sounds familiar. :)
     
  11. stanleyg

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    Thanks for all your thoughts. I will check out B's closer this weekend. :)
     
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