make sure you don't have any program such as CloneCD or Alcohol 120% with a "hicd CDR media" option enabled.
this prevents reading the ATIP info from the CDR/W and won't let you recognize the symptoms will be like you described
One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them,
One Ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them
In the land of Mordor, where the Shadows lie
M.C. Escher - Reptilien