|In order for a blank disk to be recognized properly.....|
- it must be a type of disk the optical drive model can detect. E.g. some models can't recognize CD-Ram or DVD-Ram disk
- the operating system must recognize the optical drive model properly.
In order for it to be recognized properly......
- the main chipset drivers for the mboard must have been installed in Windows. People often forget to do that, or don't know they should do that, when they install the operating system from scratch. That's important especially for XP - it doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.
- if your mboard has one of the earlier Intel 8xx main chipsets, you must also have installed the Intel Application Accelerator, available on the Intel web site.
- if the drive is IDE, if an optical drive model requires an 80 wire data cable, you must use one with it. All DVD burner drives or combo CD / DVD burner drives capable of burning DVD+R or DVD-R disks at 16X or greater must be connected to an 80 wire data cable.
- 80 wire IDE data cables must have the proper end connector connected to the mboard IDE header - usually it's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable.
- the jumper settings on the back of IDE drives must be correct for the connection situation - don't mix Cable Select and Master / Slave jumpering on the same data cable for two drives.
If all that of that is correct, then in XP a blank disk that the drive model can recognize will show up in it's Properties as having Used space: 0 bytes, Free space xxx bytes , xxx being the detected capacity.
NOTE that some Nero burning software suites install a virtual optical drive. In that case, you will have one more optical drive than you have physical drives, in My Computer, Windows Explorer, and in Device Manager. That virtual optical drive can only be used by the Nero burning software.
If that doesn't help, look in Device Manager to see if
- any optical drive models are flagged with a yellow ? or a red X.
- any optical drives are running in PIO mode, in the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers listings on the Primary or Secondary channels, or, if your mboard has one of the earlier Intel 8xx main chipsets, if you must also have installed the Intel Application Accelerator, look for that info in the Intel Application Accelerator when you run it - it's listed in your All Programs list if it's been installed.
If you have more than one burning program installed other than the simple one built into XP, the resident modules - the part that runs all the time that most of them have - of them are likely to clash with each other.