I burned a copy of the Netgear WPN111 v3 driver file to CD for a friend because he had lost his. After the file burned, I went into the disk to verify that it had burned successfully. There was no file there, but I could tell from the color change on the bottom of the CD that something had burned onto the disk. No problem, figured I had just burnt my occasional coaster. So, I went to reburn the file. Except, my CD drive did not want to eject the disk. In fact, most everything on my computer locked up. I managed to bring up Task Manager, and killed explorer.exe. When everything came back up, I went to try to burn the file on a different disk through Windows. This time, Windows wouldn't recognize the fact that I had a blank disk in the drive. It kept opening the tray and telling me to put a blank disk in, even though there already was one. So, I opened Nero StartSmart only to have the same problem. I could load the file like I was going to burn it, but when I actually hit burn, it kicked the tray out and told me to put in a blank disk.
I finally managed to burn a copy of the file successfully (so I thought) on my wife's laptop. My friend took the disk home, put it in his system, and his computer told him there was nothing on it. Just like mine, the read/write area of the CD was discolored to show there was data there, but the computer couldn't see it. To make a long story short, he went out and bought an identical WPN111 so he could use the driver disk and then return the whole thing. Except, just like my system now, the CD burner does not work at all. It won't recognize any media put into it. Has anybody come across this before? I was reading some other topics, and found this:
but I'm not sure it will apply to my issue. We can still see the CD drive icon in My Computer, on our respective computers. They just don't work. Any thoughts? Thank you in advance.
PS: FYI - My system: Dell Dimension E510 P4 3GHz running Win XP MCE SP3 My CD burner is not original, it is a Sony, but I don't remember the model number right now. I will post that when I get home tonight from work.
My buddy's system: Dell Optiplex GX1 POS running Win XP Pro SP3 As far as I know his drive is original.