Hi to all you good and helpfulf folks. Happy holidays to all of you!
I am attempting to help my brother overcome a problem over an 1800 mile distance. He just built a new computer with a really good parts like an up to date motherboard, dual core processor and 4 Gigs of good memory. He decided to use his existing optical drives (one is NEC and the other is Asus) because they are both fairly new burners that worked well in his earlier Windows 2000 system.
The drives are running off a system IDE controller and there are no other IDE in use on the system. When he inserted the DVD that came with his Asus motherboard to install drivers he found that neither drive would autostart the DVD. He then went into Windows Explorer and tried to view the DVD’s contents but Explorer didn’t read the disc. The read LED on the drive didn’t light up and he got no error messages from the system.
Out of desperation he used his laptop to read and transfer system drivers from the DVD to a thumb drive that he used to install them on the new computer. That didn’t help at all. He uninstalled and reinstalled the system’s IDE controller, again no help. Next he uninstalled the two optical drives and let the system reinstall them, still no help.
He has tried every possible Master/Slave configuration as well as installing just one drive alone and nothing has worked.
I just read 20 or more messages in this thread where a majority seemed to be addressing this same problem but then the thread just died and I still don’t see a solution posted. Surely not that many people have endured this problem for nearly the last 10 months.
I hope that someone has the answer and will read this post. About the only thing left to do is install new firmware but somehow I can’t believe that the two drives are suffering a firmware problem at the same time.
I saw the Upper/Lower filter problem described at Microsoft but that article leads one to think the system should be providing some kind of error message if filters were the problem.
TIA for any assistance, I am at wits end.