I have an AOpen DUW1608/ARR DVD burner that I’ve had for a bit over a year (naturally). All of a sudden this weird problem has cropped up. Every time I boot the computer up, the HDD activity lite comes on steady, and stays that way as long as the computer is powered up…EXCEPT…if I open and close the drawer of the AOpen drive (even with no disc), the HDD lite immediately goes back to normal operation. The HD is actually operating normally, it’s only the lite that’s on steady.
I installed the latest firmware from AOpen, and that didn’t change anything. My other drive is a Plextor 716-A, and opening the drawer of it makes no difference. So, I took out the AOpen drive, and put in an old LG CD-ROM drive that I have, and all works fine. It only happens when the AOpen drive is connected.
I have e-mailed AOpen, but haven’t gotten a response from them.
The AOpen drive is a great working unit, so I would like to get this problem solved (even though I COULD live with it if I had to).
Anyway, has anyone ever seen this problem before, and is there a fix?
ECS PT800CE-A Mobo BIOS 1.1E (latest)
P4 3.0G CPU 800FSB (hyperthreading active)
Windows XP Pro SP2
RAM 1 Gig (2X512) DDR400
Chipset VIA VT8237 4 in 1 driver v 188.8.131.522
HD Maxtor 6Y120P0 120G 7200 RPM Sec IDE Master (It’s a Via chipset thing)
Optical Drives AOpen DUW 1608/ARR Pri IDE Master// Plextor PX-716A Pri IDE Slave
IDE Drivers Microsoft 5.1.2600.2180
VIA Bus Master IDE Controller installed
Video Card NVidia FX5200 53.03 driver (best for Links 2003)
Sound Card Soundblaster Live Value