|On my xp system with a cdrom and cd writer putting a blank disk in the cdrom gives an error about it not being able to read the disk. In the burner it just opens the disk showing no files. Are you giving the drives enough time to spin up and read the disk?|
You mentioned copying and pasting to a cd. I was going to tell you that wasn't possible in XP without third party burning software but because I am
often occasionally wrong I checked on that and it turns out you can burn files that way without added software. Some details in the # 5 posting here:
Is that how you were attempting it? It worked on mine without opening my Nero to do it. I did notice it first said to insert a disk even though one was already in. I opened and closed the tray and tried again and it worked.