Cd-write error

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#1

Suddenly, my cd-writer started to give errors, both with native xp writer, and with Nero 6.3. I restored my xp pro disck image and installed a fresh copy of nero burning 6.6, to no avail. Is it a soft or hardware problem?
I am on a compaq evo n1020v Pentium 4 with 520MbRAM and Windows XP Pro. The error log from Nero follows. Can you help? Thank you. P.

Windows XP 5.1
IA32
WinAspi: File ‘Wnaspi32.dll’: Ver=2.0.0.0, size=17920 bytes, created 31-Jan-05 16:05:30
ahead WinASPI: File ‘C:\Program Files\Ahead\Nero\Wnaspi32.dll’: Ver=2.0.1.74, size=164112 bytes, created 26-Oct-04 18:35:34
Nero Version: 6.6.0.14
Internal Version: 6, 6, 0, 14d

Recorder: <HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N>Version: 0110 - HA 1 TA 0 - 6.6.0.14
Adapter driver: <atapi> HA 1
Drive buffer : 2048kB
Bus Type : default (0) -> ATAPI, detected: ATAPI
CD-ROM: <HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N>Version: 0110 - HA 1 TA 0 - 6.6.0.14
Adapter driver: <atapi> HA 1

=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
DiskPeripheral : IC25N040ATCS04-0 atapi Port 0 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N atapi Port 1 ID 0 DMA: Off

=== CDRom-Device-Map ===
HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N D: CDRom0

AutoRun : 1
Excluded drive IDs:
WriteBufferSize: 70254592 (0) Byte
ShowDrvBufStat : 0
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 478MB (490480kB)
Free physical memory: 216MB (222044kB)
Memory in use : 54 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0)

29.6.2005
Audio CD
13:40:02 #1 CDADOC -1 File Cdadoc.cpp, Line 1465
Audio item log info:
Audio document burn settings:
=============================
Burn mode: DAO,
CD Text: On,
Cache disk or network files: No,
Cache small files: No,
Cache files smaller than 65536 bytes.
Audio Multisession: No
List of audio tracks:
=====================
Track 01: Length: 00:20.63, Pause frames: 150, Filters: 0, Name: ‘laugh.wav’.
Track 02: Length: 03:01.51, Pause frames: 150, Filters: 0, Name: ‘Axel-F (Techno Remix).mp3’.
Track 03: Length: 02:43.41, Pause frames: 150, Filters: 0, Name: ‘Albano & Romina Power - Ave Maria.mp3’.
Track 04: Length: 03:28.71, Pause frames: 150, Filters: 0, Name: ‘Albano & Romina Power - Ci sara .mp3’.
Track 05: Length: 04:05.21, Pause frames: 150, Filters: 0, Name: ‘Albano & Romina Power - Felicita.mp3’.
Track 06: Length: 04:04.02, Pause frames: 150, Filters: 0, Name: ‘Albano & Romina Power - Sempre Sempre.mp3’.
Track 07: Length: 03:43.27, Pause frames: 150, Filters: 0, Name: ‘Albano Carrisi - Volare.mp3’.
Total size: 21:41.51

13:40:02 #2 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 2945
HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N
Buffer underrun protection activated

13:40:02 #3 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 127
Reader running

13:40:02 #4 Text 0 File AudioCompilationImpl.cpp, Line 842
DRM: StartDrmRecording(RealRec:1, ImageRec:0, Copies:1)
DRM: Beginning burn process.

13:40:02 #5 Text 0 File Writer.cpp, Line 122
Writer HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N running

13:40:03 #6 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3230
Turn on Disc-At-Once, using CD-R/RW media

13:40:03 #7 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 267
Last possible write address on media: 359848 ( 79:59.73)
Last address to be written: 97475 ( 21:41.50)

13:40:03 #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 279
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD)

13:40:03 #9 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 2433
Recorder: HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N;
CDR code: 00 97 27 18; OSJ entry from: Plasmon Data systems Ltd.
ATIP Data:
Special Info [hex] 1: D0 00 A0, 2: 61 1B 12 (LI 97:27.18), 3: 4F 3B 4A (LO 79:59.74)
Additional Info [hex] 1: 00 00 00 (invalid), 2: 00 00 00 (invalid), 3: 00 00 00 (invalid)

13:40:03 #10 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 445
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<
=========================================

13:40:03 #11 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 830
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE (laugh.wav)
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 1563 (1563) = #1563/0:20.63
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 1563 blocks [HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N]
1: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE (Axel-F (Techno Remix).mp3)
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 13626 (13626) = #13626/3:1.51
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 13626 blocks [HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N]
2: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE (Albano & Romina Power - Ave Maria.mp3)
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 12266 (12266) = #12266/2:43.41
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 12266 blocks [HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N]
3: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE (Albano & Romina Power - Ci sara .mp3)
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 15671 (15671) = #15671/3:28.71
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 15671 blocks [HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N]
4: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE (Albano & Romina Power - Felicita.mp3)
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 18396 (18396) = #18396/4:5.21
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 18396 blocks [HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N]
5: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE (Albano & Romina Power - Sempre Sempre.mp3)
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 18302 (18302) = #18302/4:4.2
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 18302 blocks [HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N]
6: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE (Albano Carrisi - Volare.mp3)
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 16752 (16752) = #16752/3:43.27
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/not required, no patch infos
-> TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 16752 blocks [HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N]
--------------------------------------------------------------

13:40:03 #12 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1043
Prepare recorder [HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N] for write in CUE-sheet-DAO
DAO infos:
==========
MCN: " "
TOCType: 0x00; Session Closed, disc not fixated
Tracks 1 to 7:
1: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352/0x00, FilePos 0 352800 4028976, ISRC “”
2: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352/0x00, FilePos 4028976 4381776 36430128, ISRC “”
3: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352/0x00, FilePos 36430128 36782928 65632560, ISRC “”
4: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352/0x00, FilePos 65632560 65985360 102843552, ISRC “”
5: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352/0x00, FilePos 102843552 103196352 146463744, ISRC “”
6: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352/0x00, FilePos 146463744 146816544 189862848, ISRC “”
7: TRM_AUDIO_NOPRE, 2352/0x00, FilePos 189862848 190215648 229616352, ISRC “”
DAO layout:
===========
Start|Track|Idx|CtrlAdr|RecDep_____
-150 | lead-in | 0 | 0x01 | 0x00
-150 | 1 | 0 | 0x21 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 1 | 0x21 | 0x00
1563 | 2 | 0 | 0x21 | 0x00
1713 | 2 | 1 | 0x21 | 0x00
15339 | 3 | 0 | 0x21 | 0x00
15489 | 3 | 1 | 0x21 | 0x00
27755 | 4 | 0 | 0x21 | 0x00
27905 | 4 | 1 | 0x21 | 0x00
43576 | 5 | 0 | 0x21 | 0x00
43726 | 5 | 1 | 0x21 | 0x00
62122 | 6 | 0 | 0x21 | 0x00
62272 | 6 | 1 | 0x21 | 0x00
80574 | 7 | 0 | 0x21 | 0x00
80724 | 7 | 1 | 0x21 | 0x00
97476 | lead-out | 1 | 0x01 | 0x00

13:40:03 #13 Phase 36 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Burn process started at 10x (1,500 KB/s)

13:40:03 #14 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2643
Verifying disc position of item 0 (relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #0

13:40:03 #15 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2643
Verifying disc position of item 1 (relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #1713

13:40:03 #16 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2643
Verifying disc position of item 2 (relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #15489

13:40:03 #17 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2643
Verifying disc position of item 3 (relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #27905

13:40:03 #18 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2643
Verifying disc position of item 4 (relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #43726

13:40:03 #19 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2643
Verifying disc position of item 5 (relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #62272

13:40:03 #20 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2643
Verifying disc position of item 6 (relocatable, no disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #80724

13:40:03 #21 Text 0 File Mmc.cpp, Line 16810
StartDAO : CD-Text - On

13:40:03 #22 Text 0 File Mmc.cpp, Line 21592
Set BUFE: Buffer underrun protection -> ON

13:40:03 #23 Text 0 File Mmc.cpp, Line 17099
CueData, Len=128
21 00 00 41 00 00 00 00
21 01 00 00 00 00 00 00
21 01 01 00 00 00 02 00
21 02 00 00 00 00 16 3f
21 02 01 00 00 00 18 3f
21 03 00 00 00 03 1a 27
21 03 01 00 00 03 1c 27
21 04 00 00 00 06 0c 05
21 04 01 00 00 06 0e 05
21 05 00 00 00 09 2b 01
21 05 01 00 00 09 2d 01
21 06 00 00 00 0d 32 16
21 06 01 00 00 0d 34 16
21 07 00 00 00 11 38 18
21 07 01 00 00 11 3a 18
01 aa 01 01 00 15 29 33

13:40:26 #24 SCSI -1135 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 1436
SCSI Exec, HA 1, TA 0, LUN 0, buffer 0x03490000
Status: 0x04 (0x01, SCSI_ERR)
HA-Status 0x00 (0x00, OK)
TA-Status 0x02 (0x01, SCSI_TASTATUS_CHKCOND)
Sense Key: 0x03 (KEY_MEDIUM_ERROR)
Sense Code: 0x0C
Sense Qual: 0x00
CDB Data: 0x2A 0x00 0xFF 0xFF 0xE2 0xA5 0x00 0x02 0xAA 0x00 0x00 0x00
Sense Data: 0x70 0x00 0x03 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x0A
0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x0C 0x00

13:40:26 #25 CDR -1135 File Writer.cpp, Line 311
Write error

13:40:28 #26 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 228
all writers idle, stopping conversion

13:40:30 #27 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 222
conversion idle, stopping reader

13:40:30 #28 Phase 38 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Burn process failed at 10x (1,500 KB/s)

13:40:30 #29 Text 0 File AudioCompilationImpl.cpp, Line 867
DRM: DRM burn session terminated.

13:40:30 #30 Text 0 File AudioCompilationImpl.cpp, Line 896
DRM: Closing entire DRM handling. Bye.

Existing drivers:
File ‘Drivers\ADPU160M.SYS’: Ver=v3.60a (Lab01_N(johnstra).010529-2218), size=101888 bytes, created 17-Aug-01 23:07:32
File ‘Drivers\PXHELP20.SYS’: Ver=2.03.26a, size=20576 bytes, created 12-Jan-05 02:03:00 (Prassi/Veritas driver for win 2K)
File ‘Drivers\atapi.sys’: Ver=5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920), size=86912 bytes, created 29-Aug-02 02:27:50 (Adapter driver for rec)

Registry Keys:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\AllocateCDROMs : 0 (Security Option)


#2

As well as the write error near the end of the log, there is an error just above it (KEY_MEDIUM_ERROR).
I’m not too sure exactly what this means, but I think your burner does not like the discs your’e using.
Try another brand and see if the same happens again.


#3

I don’t know, I tried to write on three different brand type cd’s with the same result. The sole exception was a rewritable cd, which succeeded.
Any comment?
P.


#4

To be honest, I’m not too sure.
The usual things to do would be to update Nero to the latest version and update any drivers for your notebook (available here )

Another thing to try would be to burn at a lower speed. Try 4 or 8 speed and see if that does it. If it does, it could be that the hard disc can’t pump enough data to the drive at high speed.


#5

I’ve tried everything. Drivers & Nero update, 4x speed, best brand cd, to no avail. Nero burn failed on simulation. Is it possible it’s a hardware problem? How can I tell? Below it’s the latest error log. Thanks for any suggestion. P.

Windows XP 5.1
IA32
WinAspi: File ‘Wnaspi32.dll’: Ver=4.60 (1021), size=45056 bytes, created 10-Sep-99 12:06:00
ahead WinASPI: File ‘C:\Program Files\Ahead\Nero\Wnaspi32.dll’: Ver=2.0.1.74, size=164112 bytes, created 26-Oct-04 18:35:34
Nero Version: 6.6.0.14
Internal Version: 6, 6, 0, 14d

Recorder: <HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N>Version: 0110 - HA 1 TA 0 - 6.6.0.14
Adapter driver: <atapi> HA 1
Drive buffer : 2048kB
Bus Type : default (0) -> ATAPI, detected: ATAPI
CD-ROM: <HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N>Version: 0110 - HA 1 TA 0 - 6.6.0.14
Adapter driver: <atapi> HA 1

=== Scsi-Device-Map ===
DiskPeripheral : IC25N040ATCS04-0 atapi Port 0 ID 0 DMA: On
CdRomPeripheral : HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N atapi Port 1 ID 0 DMA: On

=== CDRom-Device-Map ===
HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N D: CDRom0

AutoRun : 1
Excluded drive IDs:
WriteBufferSize: 70254592 (0) Byte
ShowDrvBufStat : 0
BUFE : 0
Physical memory : 478MB (490480kB)
Free physical memory: 103MB (106456kB)
Memory in use : 78 %
Uncached PFiles: 0x0
Use Inquiry : 1
Global Bus Type: default (0)
Check supported media : Disabled (0)

10.7.2005
CD-ROM (ISO)
18:32:59 #1 Text 0 File Isodoc.cpp, Line 6314
Iso document burn settings
------------------------------------------
Determine maximum speed : FALSE
Simulate : TRUE
Write : TRUE
Finalize CD : FALSE
Multisession : TRUE
Multisession type: : Start multisession
Burning mode : TAO
Mode : 1
ISO Level : 2 (Max. of 31 chars)
Character set : ISO 9660
Joliet : TRUE
Allow pathdepth more than 8 directories : TRUE
Allow more than 255 characters in path : TRUE
Write ISO9660 ;1 file extensions : TRUE

18:33:00 #2 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 2945
HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N
Buffer underrun protection activated

18:33:00 #3 Text 0 File Reader.cpp, Line 127
Reader running

18:33:00 #4 Text 0 File Writer.cpp, Line 122
Writer HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N running

18:33:00 #5 ISO9660GEN -11 File geniso.cpp, Line 3297
First writeable address = 0 (0x00000000)

18:33:01 #6 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 3230
Turn on Track-At-Once, using CD-R/RW media

18:33:01 #7 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 267
Last possible write address on media: 359847 ( 79:59.72)
Last address to be written: 168678 ( 37:31.03)

18:33:01 #8 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 279
Write in overburning mode: NO (enabled: CD)

18:33:01 #9 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 2433
Recorder: HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N;
CDR code: 00 97 34 23; OSJ entry from: Mitsubishi Chemical
ATIP Data:
Special Info [hex] 1: C0 00 98, 2: 61 22 17 (LI 97:34.23), 3: 4F 3B 49 (LO 79:59.73)
Additional Info [hex] 1: 00 00 00 (invalid), 2: 00 00 00 (invalid), 3: 00 00 00 (invalid)

18:33:01 #10 Text 0 File DlgWaitCD.cpp, Line 445
>>> Protocol of DlgWaitCD activities: <<<
=========================================

18:33:01 #11 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 830
Setup items (after recorder preparation)
0: TRM_DATA_MODE1 ()
2 indices, index0 (150) not provided
original disc pos #0 + 168679 (168679) = #168679/37:29.4
relocatable, disc pos for caching/writing not required/ required, no patch infos
-> TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048, config 0, wanted index0 0 blocks, length 168677 blocks [HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N]
--------------------------------------------------------------

18:33:01 #12 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1043
Prepare recorder [HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N] for write in TAO
DAO infos:
==========
MCN: “”
TOCType: 0x00; Session Closed, disc not fixated
Tracks 1 to 1:
1: TRM_DATA_MODE1, 2048/0x00, FilePos 0 307200 345761792, ISRC “”
DAO layout:
===========
Start|Track|Idx|CtrlAdr|RecDep_____
-150 | lead-in | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
-150 | 1 | 0 | 0x41 | 0x00
0 | 1 | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00
168679 | lead-out | 1 | 0x41 | 0x00

18:33:01 #13 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 1111
Removed 2 run-out blocks from end of track 1. Length: 168679 -> 168677.

18:33:01 #14 Phase 24 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Caching of files started

18:33:04 #15 Text 0 File Burncd.cpp, Line 4114
Cache writing successful.

18:33:04 #16 Phase 25 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Caching of files completed

18:33:04 #17 Phase 32 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Simulation started at 4x (600 KB/s)

18:33:04 #18 Text 0 File ThreadedTransferInterface.cpp, Line 2643
Verifying disc position of item 0 (relocatable, disc pos, no patch infos, orig at #0): write at #0

18:33:04 #19 Text 0 File Mmc.cpp, Line 21592
Set BUFE: Buffer underrun protection -> ON

18:35:48 #20 SCSI -1135 File Cdrdrv.cpp, Line 1436
SCSI Exec, HA 1, TA 0, LUN 0, buffer 0x043B0000
Status: 0x04 (0x01, SCSI_ERR)
HA-Status 0x00 (0x00, OK)
TA-Status 0x02 (0x01, SCSI_TASTATUS_CHKCOND)
Sense Key: 0x03 (KEY_MEDIUM_ERROR)
Sense Code: 0x0C
Sense Qual: 0x00
CDB Data: 0x2A 0x00 0x00 0x00 0xB0 0xC0 0x00 0x00 0x20 0x00 0x00 0x00
Sense Data: 0x70 0x00 0x03 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x0A
0x00 0x00 0x00 0x00 0x0C 0x00

18:35:48 #21 CDR -1135 File Writer.cpp, Line 311
Write error

18:35:49 #22 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 228
all writers idle, stopping conversion

18:35:49 #23 Text 0 File ThreadedTransfer.cpp, Line 222
conversion idle, stopping reader

18:35:49 #24 CDR -201 File WriterStatus.cpp, Line 157
Invalid write state
HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N\H1 T0

18:35:49 #25 TRANSFER -18 File WriterStatus.cpp, Line 157
Could not perform EndTrack

18:35:49 #26 Phase 34 File dlgbrnst.cpp, Line 1832
Simulation failed at 4x (600 KB/s)

Existing drivers:
File ‘Drivers\ADPU160M.SYS’: Ver=v3.60a (Lab01_N(johnstra).010529-2218), size=101888 bytes, created 17-Aug-01 23:07:32
File ‘Drivers\ASPI32.SYS’: Ver=4.60 (1021), size=25244 bytes, created 10-Sep-99 12:06:00
File ‘Drivers\PXHELP20.SYS’: Ver=2.03.26a, size=20576 bytes, created 12-Jan-05 02:03:00 (Prassi/Veritas driver for win 2K)
File ‘Drivers\atapi.sys’: Ver=5.1.2600.1106 (xpsp1.020828-1920), size=86912 bytes, created 29-Aug-02 02:27:50 (Adapter driver for rec)

Registry Keys:
HKLM\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\WinLogon\AllocateCDROMs : 0 (Security Option)


#6

This line concerns me:
CdRomPeripheral : HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4240N atapi Port 1 ID 0 DMA: Off

Is your DMA mode off???
Check in Device Manager the IDE’s and see if it for some reason defaulted back to PIO mode, also check in BIOS

If DMA is on… we will need to keep brainstorming for more idea’s


#7

In Device Manager:

  1. Primary IDE channel
    = Device 0: Device Type - Auto Detection - grayed out; Transfer Mode - DMA if available; Current Transfer Mode - Utra DMA Mode 5;
    = Device 1: Device Type: Auto Detection; Transfer Mode - DMA if available; Current transfer Mode - Not Applicable;
  2. Secondary IDE Channel:
    = Device 0: Device Type: Auto Detection - grayed out; Transfer Mode - DMA if available; Current Transfer Mode - Multi-Word DMA Mode 2;
    = Device 1: Device Type: Auto Detection; Transfer Mode - DMA if available; Current transfer Mode - Not Applicable;
    ===========
    As for bios settings, I have no idea what they should be. Can you tell me?
    Thanks for helping, P.

#8

Try a cd cleaner (one that cleans the laser in the drive), and see if it makes any difference. It could be dirty, it could be getting weak, could be a lot of things. Eliminate the easy things first.


#9

On my second computer any optical device i put on the secondary channel goes to multi-word DMA but still works but slower.
With a CD writer it won’t hurt (too much) having it on the same IDE channel as the HD. Try it as slave on the primary channel just to see.


#10

“Multi-Word DMA Mode 2”
never seen or heard of this… any way that you can force it onto Ultra DMA 5?
look in BISO and see if you can set to 5 or auto, and also set 32bit mode on or to auto
of course this depends on what BIOS and options you have


#11

DMA 2 transfers data at 33.3 MB/s so that should be fine (that is what mine is set to).

You could try adding it as the slave of your hard disc, but if DMA 2 is the fastest this drive can manage, then it could lower the DMA on your hard disc.

It would be interesting to see if that helps as it would rule out the drive itself as the problem.


#12

Thank you, all, for your help, but I think you lost me. I don’t know how to do that slave & master thing, or how to force the ide settings to 5. As for bios settings, It seems I can’t change there but date/time and fan settings. Any ideas? It’s a Phoenix 0F0A, no update available. p.