[qanda]This thread is about the Samsung SH-S202J / TS-H652J. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]Greetings to everyone. I’m new to these forums. As of last week, we purchased a new SH-S202J drive for our pc. To be honest, I didn’t bother to use it until today, because I had no need for it, and the BIOS identified the unit (the tray also opens, and it attempts to read discs; and it was sloppy of me, I know).
So, today I wanted to burn a DVD ISO, and found out that the drive wouldn’t appear listed in My PC, neither would recognize any kind of disc that I put in it. “Ah, a classic”, I said to myself, and marched on to find a driver. I downloaded the firmware updating tool from the Samsung website, which was a pain (as this pc wasn’t connected to the internet until a while ago - I had to find an old USB Wi-Fi antenna that we had laying around, and then put it inside a metal bowl over a chair to get signal, but that’s another story :p). After booting the update tool, my real woes began. Wininquiry lists it as a TG3033K HKX376D 1.0. I found it odd, but I used to have a Sony CD-RW which was actually a Liteon (yeah, no surprise), which led me to believe this could be an outsourced unit. But, lo and behold! The drive has no Samsung logo, something which I had seen, but didn’t pay attention to. It does say “Super Writemaster” with the original logo, though. I then checked the sticker on its back, and it was perfectly legit - it read SH-S202J / SB02, and listed Toshiba/Samsung as the designer. It’s made in Indonesia, and has a small disclaimer which says “Not for sale in Korea”. A google search for the arcane number yielded no results.
To sum it up: I’m troubled, because it isn’t recognized by the original software, but it seems like a real Samsung drive. Furthermore, Windows XP lists it as a “TG3033K HKX376D CdRom SCSI”, but I connected it with an EIDE cable (the manual says that it’s the proper cable, though).
BTW, I set the jumper on the Master position, and we had a DVD reader before this one, so I’m guessing that my hardware supports DVD functionality (it’s an Intel motherboard with a Pentium III).
Thanks in advance, and sorry if this has been asked on another thread.