Hi, I’m new here. And I’m writing because I’m having problem with my brand new drive… Well actually it ain’t much of a problem because I can go and change it for another unit on Monday, but until then I can’t find any peace until I find out what’s wrong with it.
So here goes. I bought a brand new LG GSA-H22L, firmware is 1.0 manifactured in September 2006. I hooked it up on my rig at the place of an old SANYO 24x CD-ROM, and it is sharing one IDE ribbon cable with a LG GCE-8526B CDRW drive.
So I started the PC, windows loaded, everything seemed fine, no problems in the device manager etc. Well I put in a DVD movie from my collection… And the drive couldn’t read it (my movie disks aren’t backups, they’re bought from a store). I put in several other movies - same result. I put in few DVD-Rs with games, same thing, same thing with CD-Rs also. Actually it didn’t run any disk. So I assumed I have a flawed unit and went on with the rest of my days agenda.
At a later hour, out of boredom, I decided to try to boot up the PC with a XP install CD on the DVD drive… Aaand you guessed it, it worked. This same CD couldn’t be red under windows. So I continued experimenting, and booted the PC with a Win98 Startup Disk, enabling Cd support, and all those disks that it couldn’t read under WinXP were perfectly readable under DOS?!!
So I assumed there was something wrong with my Windows… Well it was about 8 months since the last format/fresh install I did, so I assumed that’s normal.
Backed up everything on other partitions. Booted the WinXP setup CD in the LG H22L, format/installed windows without any problems, and it was quite fast… But when the new installation was ready, and I opened My Computer and tried to access the drive… Same thing it just couldn’t read the CD… The same CD that it installed Windows from, just a few minutes ago… So I decided There was something wrong with this particular build (It’s fan made, called SP3). So I erased everything on my C: once again, booted from an official Windows XP SP2 CD, installed windows once more from the H22L… And the problem was still the same.
Well it just doesn’t seem logic to me. It can read perfectly fine under DOS or under the fan made XP Live CD2. But in Windows XP can’t read any disk.
I should also note that after instalation I apply the September 2006 update for windows XP, also NET Framework 2.0 (offcourse I’ve tried the drive before installing those).
As for the media I’m using… well it’s various. TDK, SONY, Verbatim, PRINCO, SKY, RICOH… But the H22L just doesn’t care. It doesn’t want to read any of them.
Now I don’t want to sound like a show-off, but I have a lot of expirience with hardware, let’s say well above average, and I’ve never seen such a thing. True that optical drives ain’t my thing (I’m more into CPUs, mobos and memmory modules) but a good couple a dozen drives have been in my possesion, and I’ve never seen a drive that works fine in every other enviroment except windowsXP (tried Linux also… Damn Small Linux boot CD).
Well by “working fine” i mean reading, cause I never got to the writing part
All I can think of is that it’s some kind of a firmware issue, but I couldn’t find any downloadable firmwares. And as far as I understood there are currently only two firmwares 1.0 (mine) and 1.01. I’ve been reading forum posts by people with the same drive fw 1.0 and noone mentioned a similar problem…
Don’t know what to think of… Does any of you guys here have an idea on this one?
Also if this thing doesn’t work out (and it probably wouldn’t) I’m going to change it, but a friend of mine here is persuading me not to take the same drive, cause it was “junk” (as he called it) and he is strongly reccomending me the Lite ON 6S160P. What’s your oppinion on this matter? I really don’t care much about LightScribe, though it’s a nice feature, and I would indeed use it, if only there were any LightScribe media available around here, which is not the case for now. The other difference I noted is the DVD-RAM capability of this drive, which is of absolutely no use to me.
Sorry for the long post, and my not so good english. I hope someone could help me on this.
P.S. I forgot to metion that I also tried to leave the drive alone on the IDE cable, no result here either.
Edit: I forgot to mention my system specs… It’s kind of an old PC
MB: Gigabyte GA-7VTXE+ (VIA KT266A chipset)
CPU: AMD Athlon XP 2000+ (Thoroughbred core)
RAM: 512 MB DDR 266Mhz CAS 2,5
PSU: Fortron (FSP Group) ATX-300PNF
… and the rest I think it’s not important for this matter.
As for drivers, I always use the latest available: mobo chipset drivers (IDE, AGP and stuff), video, sound… Everything is installed properly (except one old v.90 Motorola dial-up modem, but I seriously doubt that it has something to do with this, it’s been there for ages… and since I haven’t used it for more than 4 years now I never made the effort to look for XP drivers for it, since I was using it back with Windows 98.)