For more information about ATAPI , check here.
Basically , atapi means your ide channels.
First that error message ,
I assume it appears in the POST (Power On Self Test / Memory check) of the motherboard , when not even the Operating System (OS) is loading.
Pri Slave Dri means that device on the 1st ide channel (the primary channel) which is connected as slave.
Bascially a standard motherboard has 2 IDE channels. Each IDE is capable of holding TWO atapi devices. So this means a total of 4 devices.
Primary Channel : Master + Slave
Secondary Channel : Master + Slave
Usually the setup is :
Primary channel : Harddisk (for OS and other stuff) on Master
Secondary channel : CD/ROM (for reading cd’s) on Master
When a writer is concerned the setup usually is :
Primary channel : Harddisk on Master , CDROM on Slave
Seconday channel : Writer on Master
In your case its :
Primary channel : Harddisk on Master
Secondary channel : Writer on Master
I assume you can start your operating system So i reckon the jumpers on the harddisk are correct
Also you can read cd’s on your Philips writer , so it seems in order. But let us not forget that error … so check if you might have a cd reader and player that are both behaving as master or both as slave.
The 3610 is a little buggy sometimes , i can’t help that. But you can make it recalibrate. And this can solve a LOT of problems.
This is the method
- Power down your computer
- Push the eject button of the writer (the huge red or green button , i believe it was red on a 3610) and keep it pressed !
- Power up the computer , still keeping that eject button pressed !
- Prevent the computer loading the operating system , usually a press of the PAUSE button while it’s counting it’s memory , or going to the SETUP with the DEL key should be enough
- If correct , the writer starts flashing with its leds and suddenly after a 20 seconds or so , the tray ejects. This is normal
- Now let go of the eject button , press it once to get the tray back in the drive and power down the computer
- Power up the computer and check if the error is gone and writing can take place.
Also try different media . the 3610 is quite picky about the cd’s you use. Use a CD-RW to test it a LOT.
Furthermore check www.pcstuff.philips.com if there is an firmware update (i surely doubt it , but who knows) for your writer.