Okeedokee, here comes another newbie. I gots me a TSSTcorp TS-H552B (I think; may have switched a digit or two) that’s being something of a prat. I foolishly enabled DMA through Nero 6 because a wee little dialogue box said I oughta, and now the drive refuses to spin up/access/exist. Prima donna.
I believe the DMA was disabled initially, though I’m not sure if this was the base setting upon install or if I disabled it at some point without knowing or if Nero even knew what it was talking about. Now that I have in theory enabled it, the problems began, which is why I’m thinking that’s the prob.
Trying to do any of the following cause a momentary or permanent system freeze:
-Inserting a DVD, movie or game, the drive trying to autoplay or spin up
-Trying to access the drive (empty) through anything, be it WinExplorer, burning software, or game with disc inserted
-Device Manager coughs a brick when I try to access the drive properties to get at the DMA settings–it freezes and halts any other processess–any at all, from opening a document to running something–from fully initializing
I can go as far as to left click the sucker in WinExplorer and bam, frozen. What I am guessing I need to do is disable the #$^@ DMA, but how to do that w/o Device Man or right-clicking or otherwise directly talking to the drive, I dunno. I have tried removing the drive thru D-Man, and no freeze, and upon restart/redetect Windows again found the drive, no prob–but the same issues persist. Of course, I have no idea if the DMA is really an issue here, but my admittedly simple powers of deduction made me think so: Painkiller DVD worked nice n’ pretty before; DMA enabled thru Nero -> Painkiller = no work no more.
Thanks for enduring my rambling, newbishness, and here’s hoping for some ideas from the guys with the techie brains.