You all are doing a great job here at the forum and since I'm having a problem ATM, I decided to post here.
I bought an LG 4163B about 5 days ago. Everything worked fine. I burned some DVD+R's, a DVD+R DL, a DVD-RAM and a CD-R (Audio) without problems (using the bundled Nero Express and CDBurnerXP Pro).
Yesterday, I encountered a problem when burning CD-R/RW's. When trying to burn an ISO file, the bundled Nero Express stopped at the Leadin (about 5 %) and only a Reboot could get the coaster out.
After some CD-R coasters I went on to a CD-RW and started some testing to get to the origin of the problem. Here is what I came up with:
Since the CD-R's and CD-RW are from different manufacturers it can't be a media-specific issue.
I tried my older Plexwriter 12/10/32A (with ISO and data) and everything worked fine, so I stepped back to the LG.
Tried to burn onto the CD-RW using CDBurnerXP Pro and the LG 4163B. No Problem.
As mentioned above the LG worked with a CD-R and Audio files so I tried to burn Audio AND Data files onto the disc using Nero (as only Data did not work). This gave me Nero freezing at some point after the Audio data has been written. (e.g. 71 %). So it's nothing connected to the Leadin part nor to the burning itself. It's connected to the Data part...
Now, I disabled DMA on the LG and tested again with Data files. NO PROBLEM.
RESULT: There's some problem when burning DATA files on CD-R/RW's with Nero Express, using the LG 4163B and DMA enabled.
Here are some other facts:
Tried with and without Adaptec ASPI drivers (126.96.36.199) installed.
Updated Nero Express to latest version after complete uninstall using the General CleanTool.
Tried to uninstall Secondary IDE Channel and even the LG 4163B in the Device Manager.
I'm running Windows XP SP2...
Primary Master: HDD
Primary Slave: -none-
Scondary Master: LG 4163B
Secondary Slave: Plextor 12/10/32A
LG firmware is A100, since the readme of the A101 states:
This firmware update is for drives with original firmware versions below A100.
Any ideas what could cause such strange behaviour?! NOT using DMA is no real alternative, is it?
Hope you can help...