I am a newbie to the world of DVD writers and am just realizing some of the pitfalls.
I have an old machine and was trying to get a DVD RW to attach to it. Got a BENQ 1610 and found out when I got it that it requires ATA66 whereas my mobo IDE is ATA33.
No problem I thought as a mate gave me a Maxtor TX2 ATA133 IDE controller (which is a rebranded Promise card) a couple of months ago.
Added IDE controller - Fine.
Attached DVDRW - Fine. BIOS saw it and Windows saw it (98SE).
Installed software - Fine.
Played DVD - Fine.
Went back the next day and - Oh dear…
BENQ refuses to eject tray unless I use windows to eject it - the button doesn’t work.
When I do get a disk in it’ll play CDs OK but windows hangs if I put a DVD in. Windows appears to think it is only a CD-ROM now.
Haven’t even attempted to burn anything yet.
So here are the questions:
Is the burner knackered or is something up with the IDE controller.
If the IDE controller is no good can anyone recommend one that will see DVD RW drives properly.
If that won’t work can anyone recommend a burner that will be OK with ATA33. I’m not after lightning fast burning just something that’ll work.
Bear in mind I’m on a tiny budget as just has first baby and money is tight.
Abit BX6 rev 2 mobo
1.4 Ghz Celeron on adapter socket
1 Gb RAM
IDE 1 - 2*40Gb WD caviar
IDE 2 - LG Cd rom, ZIP drive
Maxtor TX2 ATA133 PCI IDE controller
BENQ 1610 attached to above as master on IDE channel 1.
Window 98SE (scanner won’t work on 2000 or XP)