Date CD burn: no longer works using Windows

June 14, 2010 at 12:48:43
Specs: Windows XP
Cannot write data files to cd-rw using Windows CD writing wizard anymore.

- I've been using this CD-RW drive for 4 years (more specifically, it's a CD burner/ DVD reader );
- lately, I've been using it extensively to burn data to CD-RW's;
- But today, all of a sudden-like, when I right click on the drive with an empty CD-RW in it, the "Erase CD" menu option is gone; first clue something's wrong;
- HOWEVER, when I right click and select properties, it says that there are 702 MB free; so obviously it knows there's an empty CD in there;
- Also, CD burning is enabled on the Recording tab for the drive;
- I selected a bunch of files to write, then sent them to the drive, as always;
- Then, I selected write these files to CD, as always;
- The Burn wizard starts, as always, but now won't burn;
- I've also checked the registry under hkey_current_user and hkey_local_machine, and for both "NoCDBurning" is set to 0;
- I've unchecked/re-checked enable cd burning on the recording tab;
- I've disabled/re-enabled the drive through device manager;
- I've attempted to update drivers through device manager (no better drivers available ):
- I unistalled the drive and rebooted; no dice.


USING Windows Media Player, I can erase the CD that way, AND burn a music CD.

I just can't write data files any more!

POSSIBLY VERY IMPORTANT: right before this trouble started, I installed Nero 9 (free download version), THEN uninstalled it. Any connection?????

So -- obviously, it's not the drive; something's totally jacked up with Windows settings, probably some registry setting I'm not aware of.

SUM UP: I Can erase CD-RW and write music cd's using WMP11; just cannot write data to cd using windows burn wizard anymore;

DOH!!! Help!!!



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June 14, 2010 at 13:34:05
Yes there is a connection to the Nero install/removal. Why did you remove it anyway? You do know that without a third party program WinXP can't burn DVD media.

There are ASPI layer drivers and upperand lower filters that get changed by third party programs like Nero. When you removed Nero it did not change the settings back.

If you have System Restore enabled and this happened recently the simple solution is to restore to a time prior to installing Nero.

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June 14, 2010 at 14:07:29
Thanks for the reply!

This is a work machine, so while I'm compiling stuff and modifying code, etc, I download stuff for my personal use and burn it to CD-RW to take home; I installed Nero before I realized that this drive is only a DVD reader, NOT a dvd burner; so, I'm resigned to using a small flash drive and 700-mb cd-rw's.

I uninstalled it since there was no point in keeping it.

I've heard of the upper/lower filter thing.

Are you familiar with this:

CDGONE.reg & CD/DVD FIX by Doug Knox

Does it work?

I'll look into what my most recent system restore is. I'm usually very diligent about making a restore point before installing anything, but, naturally, this time I didn't.


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June 14, 2010 at 14:34:13
I am not familiar with that fix. That is not to say it won't work. This entire fiasco with the drivers and filters is nonsense.

First of all Nero should restore things to the way they were but additionally, Windows should be able to have more than one set of ASPI layer drivers. As far as deleting upper and lower filters I got into that 3 or 4 years ago when it seemed there was a rash of issues with optical drives.

At that time the issue I recall that was most prevalent was the optical drives were not being seen by Windows at all.

Have a look at the link below about ASPI layer filters. It may be dated now but gives some insight.

For help with fixing things you could try using kellys-korner. Second link below.

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June 14, 2010 at 15:06:16
Thank you!

I'll give it a look-see!

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June 15, 2010 at 09:47:59
I downloaded and installed NCH burning software -- freeware, doesn't expire, for CD's only.

Works fine, just burned a CD, and, LoL, the "Erase this CD-RW" option is now on the menu when I right-click the drive.

Go figure.


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