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Title: Help - SONY DVD RW DW-Q28A linux drivers
Post by: Coastie on April 05, 2014, 12:50:26 PM
Tried to burn and read CD but Xfburn says the drive is empty with CD in it. DVD burn/read works. Called shop where I bought burner. Told a driver(s) problem. Told to check in config files to see if there is a line with a question mark. Don't know how to find. Also told just do a Google search for the drivers and download and install. Did but was unsure which site would be save to use and Firefox wanted to open with CD burner.

Help!

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Title: Re: Help - SONY DVD RW DW-Q28A linux drivers
Post by: Jerry on April 05, 2014, 05:13:14 PM
Sounds like the advice they gave you was for windows, you won't need 'linux drivers' for a cd drive.
It's reading dvd's fine so see if you can get your hands on another brand of blank cd and test it.
Title: Re: Help - SONY DVD RW DW-Q28A linux drivers
Post by: Coastie on April 05, 2014, 06:11:28 PM
The DVD part is both reading and burning. The problem is with the CD part. It does not recognize there is a CD in it either to read (play) professional recorded CDs or burn.

The shop set the jumpers. I plugged the ribbon into the board at home. There was an extra wire with a connector coming from the burner that was not on the CD player it replaced. I found no where to connect it.The shop said it was an audio connector that I did not need to connect.
Title: Re: Help - SONY DVD RW DW-Q28A linux drivers
Post by: N4RPS on April 05, 2014, 11:39:36 PM
Hello!

If you still some kind of Windows box to test it on, try that, but it's starting to sound like the drive itself might be defective. It's rare that the CD-RW part of a DVD is defective, but not impossible.

Now I HAVE seen CD/DVD drives fail they other way around - CDs play and burn fine, but DVDs won't read or burn. Mine are like that, but the PC is a Gateway, and the front of the drives are curved - otherwise, I'd replace them.

Fortunately, I have a Sony external that works like a champ. It even lets you hook up an analog/digital camera or VCR and burns things on a DVD...

73 DE N4RPS
Rob
Title: Re: Help - SONY DVD RW DW-Q28A linux drivers
Post by: Coastie on April 05, 2014, 11:46:26 PM
No windows box. Might take it into the shop that sold it to me Monday. Want to be sure it is the burner before I buy another one. Probably get an internal to be sure computer will boot from it.
Title: Re: Help - SONY DVD RW DW-Q28A linux drivers
Post by: N4RPS on April 06, 2014, 12:08:43 AM
Hello!

Most every PC made in the last ten years will boot from a USB CD-ROM or flash drive. If I can find similar units that WORK for the Gateway, I'll buy them.

The ones I have had belts that had stretched. I cut them down, glued them back together, and reassembled the drives, but they still don't want to work right.

For REALLY old machines, a utility called Plop Boot Manager can be burned only a floppy or CD to boot from USB. I have an ancient Dell Latitude laptop that requires Plop to boot from USB...

73 DE N4RPS
Rob