First off, technical information. This is an IBM R51 laptop running windows XP SP 3. The DVD burner is an external burner from LG. The program I am working with primarily is an older version of Nero. I can not afford to upgrade the Nero software, and up until now, they have all worked together properly.
Yesterday, I began a task I do every time I have enough data to fill a DVD - that of backing up said data to a DVD. These three have worked together consistently in the past, along with the DVDs I used - the brand in question is my most reliable, and this combination of program, computer, and laptop have burned 2/3 of the spool without a problem so far.
I put in the DVD and opened up Nero, getting the data ready to be burned. When I went to burn it, Nero told me that there was no DVD or the drive was not ready. I ejected the DVD and tried again - it told me then that the DVD had 4.3 gigs free on it rather than the 4.5 it usually reports. I tried the burn anyway, and it had barely begun the 'write' stage when it failed.
I then tried a different DVD. It recognized the DVD much faster the second time, and at the proper size. However, the write failed again, the same as the first time.
I put in a new DVD this morning, and it did not recognize there was a DVD in the drive at all. I tried three times, ejecting and refreshing to try and get it to recognize the DVD.
I'm at a loss, and have no idea what to do at this point. As I said, it's never had a problem with these DVDs before, and it's being a bit erratic. Does anyone have any suggestions?