Someone gave me a used Samsung TS-H429C, a DVD/CD burner combo drive (DVD is read only), but it can't detect blank CDs and can't read from a CD-R or write to CD-R discs.. It can do all the following:
-Read a Recovery CD to boot Windows
-Play Audio Cds
But for some reason the writable CDs are not being detected. This happens with Memorex, Verbatim, and Fuji CD-R discs. I tried burning with 2 different software applications: Nero and Cyberlink DVD Solutions. They both detect the optical drive but upon loading a CD-R they don't indicate a disc is inserted. I updated the firmware for the drive and validated the install. I see through researching this on the Internet that other people who have the read-only DVD/writable CD combo drive have had this problem, and it appears there's no common fix. I thought maybe it was the region code of the drive, but I read that the region code shouldn't affect writing a blank CD.
I also read that if the drive can be used to boot the system from the recovery CD (and it can) then it's probably not a hardware problem.
The system is a (somewhat dated from 2003) Compaq EVO-D310. The drives have an ATA controller interface, but the Samsung optical combo drive (also somewhat dated from 2006) is compatible. I'm using Windows XP. Anybody know what might be wrong?
Another Q: If I scrap this optical drive and just get a new DVD burner, given my system has an ATA/IDE type interface, if the DVD burner has an SATA interface (more common now than ATA) can I use an adapter like you see here: http://www.amazon.com/Converter-Adapter-Covert-Interface-Motherboard/dp/B009SO7R0U or is there something bad about doing this?
Edited by peterk312, 08 January 2014 - 11:51 PM.