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« on: October 21, 2004, 01:16:56 PM »

I have a DVD-R that was been working flawlessly for me since I bought it a month ago.  Last night I unhooked it from the IDE cable, to temporarily hook up a friends hard drive.  

I hooked it back up last night and it isn't working right.  It's getting power just fine, but windows xp sees it as a CD Drive now, where as before the only time it showed it as a CD drive is if a CD was in it.  An empty drive would be shown as a DVDRW, drive with a DVD in it DVD etc.  

That isn't the problem though.  I tried to copy a DVD last night and Nero got hung up on the Scanning SCISI/IDE Bush.  I then tried to put a DVD in the drive to see if it would run. No luck.

I don't think the drive is messed up at all.  It appears to be a config setting of some type that is screwed.  When booting up the drive is recognized as a Pioneer DVDR108 ATA66.  That isn't normal is it?  That speed probably doesn't matter as much on a DVD drive as it does a HD, but I'm almost positive that is normally much higher (133 maybe).

Does it sound like it's hooked up incorrect?  Or I need to reinstall something?  Or am I just screwed all together?  

Thanks in advance for any help smile
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« Reply #1 on: October 21, 2004, 01:25:03 PM »

FYI, I took the whole IDE cable out so it's possible it isn't hooked up correctly.

It's on IDE1, jumpered as cable select I believe.   It's the only drive on IDE1, my HD is SATA.  I normally hook another DVD Drive up to the same cable, but I've taken it out of the picture until I figure this out.
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« Reply #2 on: October 21, 2004, 02:29:02 PM »

XP is notorious for mislabeling CD/DVD drives in Explorer, and it usually doesn't matter.

After you make sure the IDE cables are 100% fully inserted ... here's the progression I would take:


1.) go into device manager and remove the device. Right click the Pioneer, and then click 'Uninstall', power off then back on, and let XP add it back automatically.

if that fails:

2) if nothing is on IDE2, put the DVDR on the IDE2 chain. Power up, and see what happens.

Btw ... look at the heads on the IDE cable you're using. Look where the pins are, and make sure there's not lint, or worse, a small metal shaving down in there touching the pins, that can screw things up. I've had that happen before and it drove me nuts trying to figure it out.

If all fails, try the DVD-R in another PC, just to make sure it's ok.
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« Reply #3 on: October 21, 2004, 02:50:13 PM »

Quote from: "Jeff Jones"
XP is notorious for mislabeling CD/DVD drives in Explorer, and it usually doesn't matter.

After you make sure the IDE cables are 100% fully inserted ... here's the progression I would take:


1.) go into device manager and remove the device. Right click the Pioneer, and then click 'Uninstall', power off then back on, and let XP add it back automatically.

if that fails:

2) if nothing is on IDE2, put the DVDR on the IDE2 chain. Power up, and see what happens.

Btw ... look at the heads on the IDE cable you're using. Look where the pins are, and make sure there's not lint, or worse, a small metal shaving down in there touching the pins, that can screw things up. I've had that happen before and it drove me nuts trying to figure it out.

If all fails, try the DVD-R in another PC, just to make sure it's ok.


Thanks for the advice.  I'll check it out on my lunch break today at 1:00.  I sure hope it works smile
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« Reply #4 on: October 21, 2004, 06:36:57 PM »

So I tried it on my lunch break today and it didn't work.

First I made sure the cables were in and everything looked fine.

I uninstalled the drive from Device Manager and rebooted.  XP found new hardware, first saying "Found Pioneer DVR 108", then saying Found CD Drive.  I then launched Nero to see if it worked and it still gets hung up on the "Scanning SCSI/IDE Bus".  I then put CD 1 from Rome Total War in and it wouldn't load.  It spun like it was going to load though.

Do you think I need to reformat?

If so, if the IDE bus is corrupted or something, would I even be able to boot to the XP CD?  

That's the last time I'll ever unhook my components to help out a friend...
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« Reply #5 on: October 21, 2004, 09:27:47 PM »

That sucks. No, I would NOT reformat, at least not right away. First thing you should do is pull the drive out and test it in another PC (your friend's maybe?) and see if it has the same problem there. If so, the drive is just bad, and it was coincidental that it happened when you put it back in. If it works fine in his, you know it's a system problem with your PC/OS.

Also you can try other burning apps, like XP's built in CDRW burning. (that probably will fail too though)
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