NEC ND-2510A won't recognize DVD media (Full Version)

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cgramer -> NEC ND-2510A won't recognize DVD media (5/15/2009 1:37:32 PM)


Hopefully someone here can help me rescue my formerly reliable ND-2510A from the junk pile. Lately it has stopped recognizing DVD media of any type. It's not that it won't burn to DVD, it won't even recognize that there's a disc in the drive. It does, however, read/write CD media with no issues.

Types of DVD media I've tried so far:

  • Verbatim 16X DVD+R (several different blanks)
  • Fujifilm DVD+RW

All had the same result, whether tested using Windows XP Pro SP3 and Nero 6 or using Kubuntu Linux with k3b. I can burn CDs with iTunes, no problem.

I tried using a third-party firmware with no luck. I then updated to the latest official firmware (2.19), though I had to use BinFlash as NEC's own software wouldn't recognize the drive, and still no luck. Whenever I insert a DVD disc for burning, the drive spins up, makes a soft clicking noise, then stops, and the OS/software report the drive is empty or not ready.

My system specs in case they help:

  • Asus P4P800-E Deluxe
  • Intel Pentium 4 3.0 GHz (Prescott)
  • 1 GB Crucial DDR400 RAM
  • NEC ND-2510A DVD-RW drive
  • Lite-On SOHD-167T DVD drive
  • Windows XP Professional SP3 / Kubuntu

Thanks in advance for any help you can provide! I know a new drive isn't very expensive, but I don't want to spend money on "This Old PC" if I don't have to.


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