Has my burner died?

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Has my burner died?

Hello All,

Sorry to keep posting with all these problems...loads just seem to be popping up at the moment.

Anyway, I have a lacie 4x4x24 usb burner connected to my laptop running windows xp pro. Windows recognises it and shows an icon for it in explorer.

The problem is burning! When I put any disk in the drive does nothing and windows reports not disk in the drive. This happens with both blank, burnt and comercial disks. On the other hand, windows sees the drives and can even open the drive tray through the eject command.

Any ideas what the problem is? I could not get it to work in 98 and xp reports the drivers are up to date and working correctly.

I thinking of just replacing it with a 4x ide burner someone offered to me for £4. At least the enclosure still works.

Btw, I've tried adjusting the jumpers etc and changing ide cables, but its no go...

Thanks

T Smile

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Sorry about the mistakes. I

Sorry about the mistakes. I can't seem to find the edit button. I'm sure I saw it before...

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I don't think you can edit yo

I don't think you can edit yoru first post. Sad
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Completely disasemble the dri

Completely disasemble the drive so that you can see the lens. Once you see the lens, take some 90 percent rubbing alchol and clean the lens really well. Once you clean the lens really well, put it all back to gether and give it a whirl.

I have resurrected more cdroms than not by cleaning the heck out of those lens.

If that doesn't work, you could always probably replace the drive with a better drive and put it back into the usb enclosure.

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No go. A new burner did not

No go. A new burner did not work either. The drive is totally f****d in Windows...and I'm livid. It seems that although lacie say the drive is supported in Windows, it is not. I could not get it to work sometime ago in Windows 98...and windows Pro is no different. My friend could not get it to work either when I first bought it. Lacies drivers really really suck. When I stick a cd in, it reads it after about a 5 minute freeze up. I cant burn disks and its uselessly slow. All cds are like this. It cant even recognise blanks. ITS A FECKING BURNER FOR CHRIST SAKE....it should recognise them. The known working drive does not work either. The windows enclose drivers are the problem.

As its works on a mac...I'm just going to sell/bin the damn thing. I am really stuffed, as there is no way to burn cds on this laptop. I dont have USB2 / Firewire and I cant afford a card. I can't afford an internal laptop burner which can also read DVDs and I cant afford a new pc/mac.

Oh well. Anyone want a 4x4x24 burner that works in the mac os and not windows? :/

P.S. Anyone got a free tortoise?? Biggrin
T

iMac266 (Strawberry), G3 1400 and the G3 IIsi. I want a Tortoise...

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Sorry that it still doesn't w

Sorry that it still doesn't work. Is it a standard ide drive in a usb enclousre? If it is, then you might be able to get a different enclousre (i think i have seen them on ebay, usb 1.1/2.0 enclousres for ide drives for around 30 dollars or so).

That way it might work. Actual drives under windows 98 and up don't need drivers, its the enclosures that you need the drivers for and from what it sounds like, the enclousure you have has crappy windows drivers.

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CDRW drives actually have dri

CDRW drives actually have drivers. Its just they use generic ones...not specific ones.

Yes the enclosure sucks. I cannot get enclosures in the UK cheaply Sad

Seems my burning plans will have to be put on hold...

iMac266 (Strawberry), G3 1400 and the G3 IIsi. I want a Tortoise...

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BTW i worded my statement wro

BTW i worded my statement wrong, you are correct that they use the generic drivers built into windows. What i meant to say was that cdrom / cdrw drives don't normally require specialized drivers downloaded from the manufacturer to operate properly as a reader/burner. Your burner software on the other hand, might not work with a newer burner becuase it just doesn't have support for that drive, but thats the burning software's issue, not a driver issue.

Also look here:

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=2794716865&category=14928

with shipping it will be somewhere around 30-35 pounds probably.

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I HAVE A FIX FOR YOU!!!

Hi there -

I was having the exact same problem, and found a solution at Microsoft of all places!

This fix worked for my desktop PC so hopefully it will do the same for your laptop.

Follow the instructions here:

(BTW I skipped step 1 entirely but would't necessarily advise you to do the same)

http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;en-us;315345

Good Luck! Acute

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