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Pioneer DVR-115 Problem/IDE controller problem?

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Hello everyone..

Long story cut short, after replacing 2 dvd-rw burners I've now gotten this Pioneer one.. and I still can't get it to work..

Tried a number of things to get it working after windows detected it but it wouldn't read dvd-rw/+rw media...

And it keeps detecting 2 different optical drives, the DVR115 and some misc cd rom drive...

Uninstalled Daemon tools, tried uninstalling my nvidia drivers for ide controllers etc, then running drivercleaner, restarting then reinstalling drivers again. Also tried uninstalling Nero 7...

Now I'm starting to think it might be a problem with my secondary IDE controller...

Is there any diagnostic software I can run to confirm this suspicion?

Any other thoughts?

Any help/suggestions greatly appreciated.

 

Note: Drive reads cd/dvd-rom media fine, just not the rewritable media.

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I hope you are using an 80 wire IDE cable? Not some old piece of shit 40 wire one?

http://www.mikeshardware.com/howtos/howto_...ect_ide_hd.html

Also check the bios and make sure DMA is enabled on that ide controller, sometimes it is off by default (WTF?)

Try some decent media, not the crap you get at Coles/Woolies/$2.00 store.

For DVD media Verbatim are good. Or if you are near JPL Displays grab some Taiyo Yuden.

Also with the 115 update the firmware to the latest 1.18 firmware

http://www.pioneer.com.au/Help%20Centre/So...20Firmware.aspx

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I hope you are using an 80 wire IDE cable? Not some old piece of shit 40 wire one?

http://www.mikeshardware.com/howtos/howto_...ect_ide_hd.html

Also check the bios and make sure DMA is enabled on that ide controller, sometimes it is off by default (WTF?)

Try some decent media, not the crap you get at Coles/Woolies/$2.00 store.

For DVD media Verbatim are good. Or if you are near JPL Displays grab some Taiyo Yuden.

Also with the 115 update the firmware to the latest 1.18 firmware

http://www.pioneer.com.au/Help%20Centre/So...20Firmware.aspx

Thanks for the reply. I am using a 80pin cable(just to be safe), even though the good fellow @ ARC Computers said it wouldn't make much difference. I've already updated the firmware and I use Sony/Verbatim media.

*burp*

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Thanks for the reply. I am using a 80pin cable(just to be safe), even though the good fellow @ ARC Computers said it wouldn't make much difference. I've already updated the firmware and I use Sony/Verbatim media.

*burp*

Well ARC are dicks then. Using a 40 wire cable on a modern optical drive will, at worst lock it in PIO mode and at best slow it down to unacceptable speeds.

Also check your IDE/ATA Atapi controllers in device manager to make sure the Pioneer or indeed the IDE drive is not stuck in PIO mode, this can cause major problems.

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If you've had TWO drives fail on the same controller, etc, unless you're hammering the hell out of them daily burning squillions of gigs then you should be very suspicious indeed.

 

Also check the power connections in the Molex plug - if you've got a dicky/loose pin/wiring you could have hardware prematurely kark it.

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