I have 32-bit Vista Ultimate installed legitimately. Whenever I hook up my
BenQ EW162I external DVD burner to my comp and try to burn a CD after setting
the default CD burner in the Properties window to the BenQ drive, Windows
Explorer freezes and takes a good 3 minutes to unfreeze itself. Sufficed to
say, I have yet to burn a CD successfully in that drive. Windows Explorer
also freezes just as badly when I try to delete the temporary files to be
burned from the external drive's window. This happens no matter if I select
the Live or Mastered disk format.
Oddly enough, this never happens in my internal CD burner! I can burn disks
and delete temporary files from the window without any problems. More
importantly, when I use the latest Vista-compatible version of Nero to burn a
CD in the external DVD burner, I am able to do so successfully without any
problems. The reason why I want to be able to burn CD's in the external drive
is simply because it's faster, 40X versus 24X for the internal drive.
I've tried flashing my DVD burner with the latest firmware from BenQ, but
the device manager informs me that the firmware version already installed is
newer than what's available on BenQ's website. Both optical drives have the
native Vista drivers installed.
What could be the issue here? I've made sure to select the external drive as
the dedicated CD burner in the properties window before every time i try to
burn something in Windows Explorer on the external drive. I have noticed the
difference in the file format between a CD burned in Nero, regardless of
which drive I used, and one burned in my internal drive in Windows Explorer.
Nero burns disks in the CDFS format while Vista makes them in UDF. I don't
particularly care about this, but I hope the DVD burner is able to interpret
the data Vista sends it in UDF just as well as it can interpret CDFS data.
For the record, I've been able to burn CD's with XP's native CD burning
feature flawlessly on both drives prior to upgrading to Vista. I understand
that I might as well use Nero to burn CD's, but sometimes it's more
convenient to just drag and drop files into the burner's folder and click
Any suggestions would save me A LOT of time!! Thanks very much in advance.
2.4 GHz P4
1 GB RAM
40 GB Hard Drive
Matsu****a 24X/16X/24X DVD-ROM/CD-RW Combo drive (internal)
BenQ EW162I 16X DVD-RW DL drive (external)