[QUOTE=KTL;2128424]Most of the issues are due to the SATA controller, whether native or off-chipset, set to RAID mode in the BIOS. Once that’s changed to IDE mode, the issues seem to have gone away. And of course, there would be a conflict if hard drives are used as RAID while the optical is used as IDE on the same controller.[/QUOTE]
Sorry for the delay getting back to your reply, but I would like to thank you very much. It turns out that the firmware on the DVD ROM was too old for Vista and also cause problems with the latest version of Nero in Windows XP. So when a good deal of hunting on the NEC/Sony’s download webpage
I found firmware 1.0 a from 2006 which did the trick.
Curiously the firmware version I had which was 1.06 was older so they’re naming convention has changed, which could confuse a lot of people if you don’t look to the date of the firmware, you could actually think that you were about to install an older firmware, don’t you think?
Anyway all is well that ends well, and thank you very much your suggestions