LITEON SH165P6S(SONY DW-G120A) is having problems reading discs/enabling DMA

Two weeks ago I bought a SONY DW-G120A drive, with wich I had problems reading blank media discs and ripping audio cd’s. I did some researching and ended up by crossflashing the drive to a Liteon SH165P6S (firmware MS0P),wich I installed as Secondary Master. After having some trouble with the DMA (in PIO everything works fine, couldn’t/can’t get DMA to work) It stopped working.Now the light on the drive keeps flashing and he doesn’t recognize any disc. I have it connected with a 80 ide cable, I reinstalled my geforce drivers with the 4in1 ones, I removed the IDE controller and restarted, I tried everything before I posted here, hoping someone could help me.

Here is the infotool log:

Nero InfoTool 4.00

Drive Information

Drive : LITE-ON DVDRW SHM-165P6S
Type : DVD-RAM Recorder
Firmware Version : MS0P
Buffer Size : 2 MB
Date : 2006-06-07
Serial Number
Vendor Specific : 2006/06/07 17:12
Drive Letter : E:
Location : 1:0
Mechanism : Tray
Read Speed : 8.0 , 6.0 , 4.0 , 2.0 , 1.0 X
Write Speed : 16.0 X

Read CD Text : Yes
Return C2 Pointers : Yes
Read CD-R : Yes
Read CD-RW : Yes
Read DVD-ROM : Yes
Read DVD-RAM : Yes
Read DVD-R : Yes
Read DVD-RW : Yes
Read DVD-R DL : Yes
Read DVD+R : Yes
Read DVD+RW : Yes
Read DVD+R DL : Yes
Read BD-ROM : No
Read BD-R : No
Read BD-RE : No
Read HD DVD-ROM : No
Read HD DVD-R : No
Read HD DVD-RW : No
Read HD-BURN : No
Read Digital Audio : Yes
Read CD+G : No
Read VideoCD : Yes

Write CD-R : Yes
Write CD-RW : Yes
Write DVD-R : Yes
Write DVD-RW : Yes
Write DVD-R DL : Yes
Write DVD+R : Yes
Write DVD+RW : Yes
Write DVD+R DL : Yes
Write DVD-RAM : Yes
Write BD-R : No
Write BD-RE : No
Write HD DVD-R : No
Write HD DVD-RW : No
Write HD-BURN-R : No
Write HD-BURN-RW : No
Buffer Underrun Protection : Yes
Mount Rainier : No
SolidBurn : No
Modes : Packet, TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO, RAW DAO, RAW SAO 16, RAW SAO 96, RAW DAO 16, RAW DAO 96

Region Protection Control : RPC I
Region : All
Changes User
Changes Vendor

Disc Information (E:)

Type : Geen schijf ingevoerd

Interface Information

Adapter 1

Description : Primary IDE Channel

Driver
Description : System32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Company : Microsoft Corporation
Version : 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Description : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver

Attached Devices
Description : Master: WDC WD400BB-22JHC0
Type : Disk Drive
DMA : On

Adapter 2

Description : Secondary IDE Channel

Driver
Description : System32\DRIVERS\atapi.sys
Company : Microsoft Corporation
Version : 5.1.2600.2180 (xpsp_sp2_rtm.040803-2158)
Description : IDE/ATAPI Port Driver

Attached Devices
Description : Master: LITE-ON DVDRW SHM-165P6S
Type : CD-Rom Drive
DMA : Off
Autorun : Off
Description : Slave: TSSTcorp CD-R/RW TS-H292A
Type : CD-Rom Drive
DMA : On
Autorun : Off

Software Information

Operating System : Windows XP Professional (5.01.2600 Service Pack 2)
Country : Belgium
Language : Dutch
ANSI Code Page : 1252
OEM Code Page : 850
DirectX : DirectX 9.0c

Description : Nero Burning ROM
Version : 7, 0, 1, 2
Company : Nero AG
Version Check : Ok

Description : Nero BurnRights Control Panel
Version : 2, 0, 0, 0
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero CD - DVD Speed
Version : 4, 0, 9, 3
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero DriveSpeed
Version : 3, 0, 6, 0
Company : Nero AG

Description : Cover Designer
Version : 2, 4, 1, 2
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero BackItUp Application
Version : 2, 0, 0, 5
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero Fast CD-Burning Plug-in
Version : 2, 0, 1, 0
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero Home
Version : 1, 0, 1, 5
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero ImageDrive
Version : 3.0.0.3
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero MediaHome
Version : 1, 4, 0, 12
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero PhotoSnap image editor
Version : 1, 2, 0, 9
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero Recode 2
Version : 2, 2, 7, 5
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero ShowTime
Version : 2, 1, 0, 10
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero StartSmart
Version : 3, 0, 0, 4
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero WaveEditor
Version : 3, 0, 0, 4
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero Library
Version : 7, 0, 1, 2
Company : Nero AG

Description : NeroVision
Version : 4,1,0,4
Company : Nero AG

Description : Nero SoundTrax
Version : 2, 0, 0, 4
Company : Nero AG

Description : Alcohol 120%
Version : 1.9.5.3105
Company : Alcohol Soft Development Team

Description : AnyDVD Application
Version : 6.0.8.2
Company : SlySoft, Inc.

Hardware Information

CPU : AMD Athlon XP 2000+ 1667 MHz
Bus Speed : 133 MHz
Motherboard : MSI MS-6380E
System : MSI MS-6380E
BIOS : AMI 07.00T
Memory : 1024 MB
Sound : SB Live! Wave Device
Video : NVIDIA GeForce2 MX/MX 400

Welcome to the forum :slight_smile:

To be sure that drive is not damaged, can you try to install it on a different computer?

However, all drives have problems in reading [B]blank[/B] media :wink:

Blank media are empty, and can’t be read.

I tried yesterday after the post and nothing came up, the result was the same. The light of the drive keeps flickering, and he can’t read any disc (not just the blank ones). I’m going to cross flash it back to SONY MYR6 and see if there is any improvement. I had a question though: is there a limit to cross flashing (like the manufacturer reset)?

The eeprom can be flashed many times, I think about a hundred of times without being damaged.

Try to flash again to the original firmware to see if this solve

Hi,

at first: don’t even think about flashing any firmware, as your drive is acting erratic. You might kill the drive - if it isn’t already dead.

For troubleshooting try this:
Double check if the cables and jumpers are set correctly.
You may also disconnect your other drive and see if that helps.
Software like Alcohol and AnyDVD may interfere with the installation of optical drives. To sort that out, you should uninstall such software. Then remove the IDE channel your drive is connected to and reboot. Windows should reinstall the drivers then.

If there is still trouble: Get a Knoppix or Kanotix CD. Boot this from your second drive and test your Sony drive then. If it still fails, then throw it away and buy a new one.

Michael

Okay, thanks, I will try it!