Yeah, all so far have been burned. Interestingly, if they're like 610 MB, it reads it just fine, but if you approach 640ish it reads as blank (but the same CD reads fine in my desktop). I'm not sure what the exact cutt-off is. I've loaded a quite a few programs and they've all worked. Not sure how big those disks were. Morrowind was one of them--that's probably big.
I can't imagine this being too much a problem. I wonder if it would read 700mb MUSIC CDs? Maybe I'll try that.... All I've done so far are data CDs.
What software are you doing the burning with? This is on your desktop right? Sounds like it might be a software problem... I mean, I had a cdrw once that was physically incapable of burning 700mb disc fully, and it couldn't read all of discs burnt that full but it could read some of what was on them. Hmmm...
The CDs weren't burnt using the Nero Express that came w/ the 8886. I was transfering files from my old PC (couldn't get the network to work in WIN98--not SE) so I used an 8x burner that was capable of burning 700 MB CDs (that was purchased back when not all burners could "overburn" the 700 MB CDs). The burning software was Adaptec EZ CD creator version 5 (or something). I made data CDs that could be read inside any CDROM, but the DVD/CDRW drive on the 8886 wouldn't read any disk over about 610-620 MB.
If you haven't had trouble reading those same cds in other drives, then yes, I agree that it could be a hardware problem... What I would do in your position is install nero on your desktop and burn those same cds with nero and see if they read on your laptop... If they do, then it is ez cd creator and your sager drive that are incompatable in some way. If they don't, then I would say major hardware issue with your drive and you need to address it quickly.
Yeah, I thought it would probably have to do with the color of the cdr, cuz each company uses different dye and some readers have trouble with certain colors. It always helps to try a different cdr... Did you try it? Any luck?