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Hello, first time poster here. :1angel:

I have recently built a system around an AMD 64 FX 55, using both new hardware and a couple of bits from my old system. One bit of old hardware was my trusty Hitachi GD-8000 DVD-rom.

The other day I got hold of a Liteon SOHW 1693S DVD RW, based on the fact it was cheap and reviews wern't too bad.

Trouble is, it just dont work - when I installed it and powered up the system found it but when I tried to install the Nero software that came with it the install process was really slow, in fact not completing. DVD's won't play and if you boot up with a disk in the drive it takes ages to boot, if at all.

I checked the my computer, properties, hardware, device manager under IDE ata/atapi controllers and the PATA controller for the Secondary IDE device had an error message saying the Transfer mode had been downgraded (it had gone to PIO - my Hitachi is running at Ultra DMA 4 now without problems). It mentioned the cable needed to be an 80 pin flat ribbon cable. I believe it means 40pin 80 wire due to the connections on the Mobo and DVD-RW but I dont understand it fully.

The message mentioned about an 80 pin cable, I believe it means 40pin 80 wire due to the connections on the Mobo and DVD-RW but I dont understand it fully.

I have tried a number of cables including the exact one on this link.

http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductPage.process?Merchant_Id=&Product_Id=164790

Is this the problem?? I cant find one with higher spec. Sohuld I be using a better one? I tried the one that came with the mobo.

I have uninstalled the drivers for the PATA controller, tried to install the ASPI Layer thing ( I have 4.7 I believe).

One thing I havn't done yet is update the firmware on the drive - I am leaving that as a last resort in case I have to take the drive back!

Right now I have my Hitachi reinstalled - its 4 years old and I use it nearly everyday and its incredibly reliable but I want to start some DVD burning.

Below I attach a slightly butchered version of my DX diag with some irrelevent info deleted, foe my mobo/bios details etc.

Note: I am trying to install the DVD-rw as the secondary Master - having a primary master and slave HDD. The jumper is set accordingly.

Sorry to start with such a long post - but I am pulling my hair out with this. After assembling the PC from components I didn't think it would be such a problem just to stick a DVD-RW in there!

Hope this rings a bell with someone - I believe there are issues with DVD-rw's and Windows, just hope they arn't unresolvable!

Lee


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System Information
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Time of this report: 8/19/2005, 05:46:55
Machine name: LEES_COMPUTER
Operating System: Windows XP Home Edition (5.1, Build 2600) Service Pack 2 (2600.xpsp_sp2_gdr.050301-1519)
Language: English (Regional Setting: English)
Motherboard: Gigabyte GA-K8ns Ultra-939
System Manufacturer: NVIDIA
System Model: AWRDACPI
BIOS: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG
Processor: AMD Athlon(tm) 64 FX-55 Processor, MMX, 3DNow, ~2.6GHz
Memory: 1024MB RAM
Page File: 268MB used, 2191MB available
Windows Dir: C:\WINDOWS
DirectX Version: DirectX 9.0c (4.09.0000.0904)
DX Setup Parameters: Not found
DxDiag Version: 5.03.2600.2180 32bit Unicode




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Display Devices
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Card name: RADEON X800 Series
Manufacturer: ATI Technologies Inc.
Chip type: RADEON X800 XT AGP (0x4A4B)
DAC type: Internal DAC(400MHz)
Device Key: Enum\PCI\VEN_1002&DEV_4A4B&SUBSYS_13D0174B&REV_00
Display Memory: 256.0 MB
Current Mode: 1024 x 768 (32 bit) (60Hz)
Monitor: SONY SDM-HS73P
Monitor Max Res: 1280,1024
Driver Name: ati2dvag.dll
Driver Version: 6.14.0010.6542 (English)
DDI Version: 9 (or higher)
Driver Attributes: Final Retail
Driver Date/Size: 5/13/2005 03:15:28, 228864 bytes
WHQL Logo'd: Yes
WHQL Date Stamp: n/a
VDD: n/a
Mini VDD: ati2mtag.sys
Mini VDD Date: 5/13/2005 03:15:07, 1198080 bytes
Device Identifier: {D7B71EE2-090B-11CF-756D-DA33A1C2CB35}
Vendor ID: 0x1002
Device ID: 0x4A4B
SubSys ID: 0x13D0174B
Revision ID: 0x0000
Revision ID: 0x0000
Video Accel: ModeMPEG2_C ModeMPEG2_D ModeWMV8_B ModeWMV8_A ModeWMV9_B ModeWMV9_A





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USB Devices
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+ USB Root Hub
| Vendor/Product ID: 0x10DE, 0x00E7
| Matching Device ID: usb\root_hub
| Service: usbhub
| Driver: usbhub.sys, 8/4/2004 07:08:42, 57600 bytes
| Driver: usbd.sys, 8/23/2001 13:00:00, 4736 bytes

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Gameport Devices
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+ PCI bus
| Matching Device ID: *pnp0a03
| Service: pci
| Driver: pci.sys, 8/4/2004 07:07:46, 68224 bytes
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+-+ Standard Game Port
| | Matching Device ID: *pnpb02f
| | Service: gameenum
| | Driver: gameenum.sys, 8/4/2004 07:08:21, 10624 bytes

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PS/2 Devices
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+ Standard 101/102-Key or Microsoft Natural PS/2 Keyboard
| Matching Device ID: *pnp0303
| Service: i8042prt
| Driver: i8042prt.sys, 8/4/2004 07:14:36, 52736 bytes
| Driver: kbdclass.sys, 8/4/2004 06:58:32, 24576 bytes
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+ Terminal Server Keyboard Driver
| Matching Device ID: root\rdp_kbd
| Upper Filters: kbdclass
| Service: TermDD
| Driver: termdd.sys, 8/4/2004 09:01:07, 40840 bytes
| Driver: kbdclass.sys, 8/4/2004 06:58:32, 24576 bytes
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+ PS/2 Compatible Mouse
| Matching Device ID: *pnp0f13
| Service: i8042prt
| Driver: i8042prt.sys, 8/4/2004 07:14:36, 52736 bytes
| Driver: mouclass.sys, 8/4/2004 06:58:32, 23040 bytes
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+ Terminal Server Mouse Driver
| Matching Device ID: root\rdp_mou
| Upper Filters: mouclass
| Service: TermDD
| Driver: termdd.sys, 8/4/2004 09:01:07, 40840 bytes
| Driver: mouclass.sys, 8/4/2004 06:58:32, 23040 bytes


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Disk & DVD/CD-ROM Drives
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Drive: C:
Free Space: 135.3 GB
Total Space: 190.8 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: ST3200822A

Drive: D:
Free Space: 263.1 GB
Total Space: 286.2 GB
File System: NTFS
Model: Maxtor 6L300R0

Drive: E:
Model: HITACHI DVD-ROM GD-8000
Driver: c:\windows\system32\drivers\cdrom.sys, 5.01.2600.2180 (English), 8/4/2004 06:59:52, 49536 bytes
 

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I'm definitely not a guru on this subject but I have the same burner. Mine did'nt have the same problems as yours but a firmware flash gave it a major boost in the speed of the drive. I can't point you in the direction of a download page but googleing will find one. Also, I found when burning dvd's that this little utility installed an aspi layer. Basically, you'll need winrar to extract aspichk.rar to check your system to see if the aspi layer exists. On a new system, I'd be surprised if it was there. Then you run forceaspi. It may not be related to your problem but you may as well have all the good gear installed.

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Thanks for responding Jon.

I flashed my Firmware up from K5O4 to KSOA (dont know if this is backwards or forwards) and tried the ASPI thing - tried one after another one step at at a time with repeated reboots at relevant intervals and they didnt seem to work.

I then went onto nvidia.com and downloaded the nforce PATA ide driver - I think I had 2.6 and the download was 2.5 - older I assume.

I installed the 2.5 and - fingers crossed - it seems to be working - at least to read DVDs and rip/play audio CDs.

i need to test it a bit more thoroughly of course and do some burning but I'm making progress maybe (cautious optimism).

At least Im convinced its software thats been the problem rather than hardware or cabelling.

I'll post back with any developments.

Lee
 
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