I just got a samsung sh s202 dvd writer. When I turn it on it is
recognized but when I try to use it (k3b or other software) I get the

Device offlined - not ready after error recovery

I am running slackware 12.1 kernel2.6.24.5-smp. The dvd writer is
connected through an external usb pata system. Other hardware cdrw, dvd
reader, works ok with this hardware.

I have tried unconnecting and reconnecting as is mentioned in
various posts but it doesn't solve the problem.
Any help would be appreciated, jwc