Hi all, well the drives (I have two, one writer and one player) are recognised but are not behaving normally at all. I have had probs for some time and have just replaced both of them but things are the same (although the lower drawer comes out now! ie on the player) Sometime last year I had to take my PC in for repair due to a virus; the guy fitted a new HD and partitioned it, and around the same time I started to try and make DVD,s from my camcorder tapes (tapes but digital, transferred by Firewire). I had until today a number of DVD burner/authoring apps but have deleted all but Ashampoo 7, thinking there may have been conflicts.
I'll try and list the problems as best I can; firstly, when I put a normal shop bought CD in (either drive throughout unless stated otherwise), the tracks are shown (realplayer) as plain, unnamed icons and all are 44Mb long. The same applies to a home created CD . A commercial DVD will play (in windows Media Player) but when open is selected, the icons are displayed in the seperate chapters like a home made DVD and even then, the playback is poor, stalling every 3 seconds or so. I also tried my backup DVD's and they are unreadable; is this because of the repair mentioned earlier and my PC no longer recognises them?
The weird 44Mb thing seems to coincide with my teenage son's attempts to burn some bittorrent tracks to CD; when he did, about 5 tracks were burned before the CD was kicked out. I'm steps away from junking the whole PC caz I can't do the things I really wanted to do with it .(I'm still on XP while I think of it!)
Also while I'm here, less urgent but annoying nonetheless, the familiar XP boot up and off music has gone, along with the "bong" when you click the volume icon; now it's a very basic PC speaker bleep. Please help !!!