How come my computer running Windows XP sees my NEC ND-3540A drive as a CD/DVD but when I put a DVD in it then says it is just a CD drive?

by on October 3, 2011

Q: Hello. I have recently tried to install an NEC ND-3540A drive on my Dell Dimension E310, and the drive only registers as a CD drive (i.e before I put the DVD in, it detects just fine as a DVD-RW drive, but as soon as I put any disc in there, it detects itself as a CD drive). I’ve messed around with the master/slave configs (my original CD drive being the master; this being the slave) and I’ve tried reflashing the firmware three different times, even with some unofficial firmware. Basically, I’m stumped. I think that this one just isn’t compatible with the motherboard, which is the same as a standard purchase of an E310. I am also running XP SP3. Thanks for reading, and hopefully you peeps can help!


One Response to “How come my computer running Windows XP sees my NEC ND-3540A drive as a CD/DVD but when I put a DVD in it then says it is just a CD drive?”
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    Regardless of what words you’re seeing in My Computer:

    1. Are you able to insert clean, non-scratched up commercial CDs (meaning the bottom is silver instead of blue/green like a CD-R) into the drive and read the data on them?

    2. Are you able to insert clean, non-scratched up commercial DVDs (meaning the bottom is silver instead of blue/green like a DVD-R) into the drive and read the data on them?

    By ‘read data’ I mean that you can click on the drive after inserting a disk and view the names of the files on the disk.

    Try a few different disks.

    Also did you buy this drive new or did you get it used from someone?