Hi Fellow Cdfreaks,
Recently I bought two external USB2/IEEE 1394 combo cases from Computergeeks, which are based on the Initio 1430L chipset, and I am having all sort of problems trying to get my Maddog NEC 2510 DVD writers to work in them. The bridge board has the following chips on it: Initio INIC-1430L A111E manufactured week 50 of 2002, In-System ISD300A1 manufactured week 28 of 2002, and a smaller chip: Agere FW802B.
Anyway, my NEC 2510 DVD writer was properly recognized in one of my computers using the external case, but I was not able to burn any DVD using the IEEE 1394 port. Surprisingly, burning through USB 2.0 port works fine. However, I try to burn DVDâ€™s through the IEEE 1394 port, my NEC 2510 DVD writer got stuck at the lead out section of the burning process. So, all my discs had been coasters so far burning through the IEEE 1394 port. The same writer and case attached to one of my other computers, I can neither mount nor burn through the IEEE 1394 or USB 2.0 port. Frustrated, I decided to send an E-mail to www.initio.com to see if it has a firmware update that would fix my problems. I was surprised to receive a reply from Initioâ€™s technical support within the same day asking me further question regarding my problems.
Anyway, if you have an external case based on the Initio 1430L chipset and are having problem getting your DVD writer(s) to work properly with the case, please list your problem(s) by answering the following questions. I will reference this thread in my next reply to Initioâ€™s technical support. Apparently, Initio doesnâ€™t have any reports of compatibility issues from anyone else besides me. Your responses are greatly appreciated. Hopefully Initio will come out with a firmware update that fixes the problems weâ€™re all having. Thanks in advance.
Are you using Mac OS or Windows OS and which version?
What is the exact issue(s) (e.g. won’t mount, can’t write, can’t read, etc.)?
What are the brand, model number, and firmware version of your optical drives that were having problem with the Initio 1430L based external case?
What is the current firmware version your external case. If you made a firmware update to your case, what was the previous 1430 firmware version you updated from?
Do you know who made your 1430 bridge board? Any writing on the bridge board will help Initio to determine if there could be any issue with the hardware design.