USB DVD/RW not recognized correctly win2k

By B00kWyrm
Apr 10, 2009
  1. System Specs
    Laptop - Toshiba Satellite 1805-s203
    Celeron 800mhz
    Hard Drive - 120g WD Scorpio Blue
    Memory 512m
    OS - Win2k SP4 fully updated...

    When I plug in my external (usb) dvd-rw,
    the system recognizes it only as a cd drive,
    though My computer / Properties / Hardware / Device Manger
    does properly list it as DVDRW IDE USB Device

    When I click on properties, I do not have a tab to enable recording...
    only tabs are general, properties, advance settings, and driver

    Driver details are...
    (in winnt\system\drivers) cdrom.sys, redbook.sys,
    and (in winnt\system) storprop.dll.

    The drive itself is an
    idvd16dl in a usb enclosure,
    and the drive does work properly with my XP system.

    Any hints how to get win2k to recognize it properly?
    All help is appreciated. TIA
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Win2K, SP4 should be easily updated to XP, SP3
  3. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,436   +37

    Is this my only option?

    Besides being cheap
    (not wanting to shell out the buck, even for an OEM version of SP3 XP Home)

    I had concerns about the system resources...
    Won't the system be slower on XP than on Win2k?
    I have adequate drive space... that certainly is not an issue,
    but processor speed and ram did concern me a bit.
  4. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Maybe a friend has a copy of XP you can try... You can always revert back to Win2K pro
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    I'm going to go out on a limb here and make an assumption, maybe I'm wrong but here goes.

    You are connecting the drive, and then in My Computer the drive shows up as a CD Drive rather than DVD. Then you put a CD in and it shows up correctly, showing free space, or at least as a CD-R(W). Then you put a DVD in and whatever it shows isn't what you expect, in fact it may show up as a CD still. (I don't have 2k or XP anymore right now to test exactly what it will tell you).

    But the thing is, this behavior is perfectly normal, neither 2k nor XP will display a DVD-R in 'My Computer' correctly (at least not without an add on). You need 3rd party program to burn DVDs in either OS.

    So... Do you have a program that can write DVDs? If so, have you tried? I'll bet you it works. No reason to go getting XP, because if what I wrote above is your situation XP isn't going to 'solve' it either.
  6. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,436   +37

    Thanks SNGX1275
    Not quite... It will recognize the cd-rom or the dvd-rom capabilities, but not the writer.
    I try to put a blank cd in, in order to write data, and I get an error message...
    It keeps asking me to insert a disk into the drive.
    The disks being used ARE recognized when I use this drive on the xp system.

    I am not even trying to do a dvd burn,
    [though I have the software, I have not installed it, believing the system will be too slow...]
    I just want to use the drive to backup my hd.
  7. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    You can't write a CD or DVD in 2k without 3rd party software. You can write a CD in XP, but you can't write a DVD without 3rd party or an add on.

    Basically you won't be writing any disks in 2000 without installing something.
  8. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    Yes SNGX1275 is correct. You must have a program like Nero Burning installed before Win2K or XP will recognize any burner. I have been using Vista for so long now, I completely forgot that XP needed a 3rd party software to burn data...
  9. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,436   +37


    Ever watch a dog chase his tail?
    That's what I feel I have been doing the last couple of days.
    I didn't want to install the software until I was sure the hardware (and firmware) was right...
    Now I can stop chasing my tail and start scratching the fleas...

    So... I have both Roxio 6 and Nero 5.
    Looks like they can conflict with each other and I should only install one?
    Thanks again.
  10. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,714   +397

    Nero 5 all the way. Unlike the modern Nero, Nero 5 is a very light install. Roxio I never much cared for, and I think it may even want to install InCD which I've had issues with in the past.
  11. B00kWyrm

    B00kWyrm TechSpot Paladin Topic Starter Posts: 1,436   +37

    Thanks all... I will return to this on Monday...
    I am out of time for the weekend...
    (my work schedule is the opposite of most... heaviest on the weekend)

    And my first issue on Monday will be :eek:
    to repair damage I did to myself with Driver Detective!
    (mumble, grumble.... ) :(
    So I may me late getting back with a report.
    But I will post my progress.
    Thanks again.:wave:

    Update ...
    No Luck getting Nero to see the drive as a writer...
    Have decided I was over looking an obvious answer for my situation...
    1. Simply use my "firelite" usb hd as my dl point,
    2. take it to the system that has the functioning burner and
    3.burn the restore disk there.
    In this way, I might even be able to use ghost to do an image

    Anyway... its been fun... thanks...
    but I am not chasing this rabbit any further.:wave:
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