I sincerely hope someone can help me. I’ve noticed a couple of similar posts in this forum, but I seem to be the first to get the “double whammy!”
Anyway, I’ve just finished building my latest rig about a week ago, and now I find myself wasting HUGE amounts of time troubleshooting, guess what… my Lite-On CDRW and DVD drives!
It all started with the DVD drive, a Lite-On LTD-163, filling up my event log (I’m running WinXP Pro) with one timeout error after the other (Event ID 9, “The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort1, did not respond within the timeout period.”) Oh, and I get the occasional bad block error too (but only two or three times)!
My shiny new CDRW drive, a Lite-On LTR-40125W, didn’t exhibit these errors. “At least the CDRW drive is fine,” I thought to myself. Oh boy, was I ever wrong! A couple of days ago I had a friend over. At one point we had some stuff to be burned on CD, and since I hadn’t tried burning anything on the new drive yet, I was really looking forward to how it would perform. Well, turns out the Lite-On CDRW is a great reader with just a tiny flaw; it can’t detect blank media! Well, woohoo! NOT!!!
So, since then I’ve really done nothing but troubleshoot these damn drives. I’ve already changed the IDE cable several times. Originally I used a 40 conductor IDE cable right out of the box. Since then I’ve tried two brand new 80 conductor cables. I’ve also switched the positions of the drives. All to no avail.
I have of course also flashed the latest firmware on both drives, and took great care in doing so (Windows PIO for the CDRW and pure DOS for the DVD drive). Problems are still there. Or rather, since flashing the CDRW it can now magically detect blank media. Now I can write CDs, if that is what you can call coasters!
Yup! When I check a burned disc with Nero CD Speed’s Scandisc feature the first 30%-35% are usually OK, then it goes downhill from there, including a couple of unreadable sectors. And that is when I’m checking the discs with the CDRW. When using the DVD drive I get decidedly more errors. By comparison, any disc (of the same brands) burned with my previous TEAC R56 writer is read at max. speed and with no error whatsoever by both the DVD and the CDRW drive.
By the way, all write tests were conducted using the included Lite-On media as well as what I consider good branded media like TDK and Kodak (although I mainly use the Lite-On CDRW disc now after my first box of coasters.) Also, no higher writing speed than 12x (where applicable) was ever attempted, and several burns were conducted at 4x. Still, no drive was able to properly read the written disc, not even the writer itself. Also did simulations and tried writing with SMARTburn turned both on and off. Nero (both the shipped 188.8.131.52 and the recent 184.108.40.206 versions) never displays any errors whatsoever, so according to Nero the discs should all be fine.
All firmware are the official versions, by the way, and I’ve also read out the firmware, so I could do a binary compare. Which brings me to another point; has anyone ever compared a “pure” extracted firmware (using litefirm.exe) with a flashed one or with the one in the appropriate RAR file? They are far from identical! The flashed and RAR ones are similar (e.g. for the WS05 firmware), but both of these are pretty different from the “pure” unflashed one. Is that just me, or does that sound decidedly unhealthy?!?
Anyway, now that the CDRW drive can recognize blank media, I’m treated to a new error (CDRW drive only): Event ID 51, “An error was detected on device \Device\CdRom1 during a paging operation.” Isn’t that special?
I’ve also tried to install the latest (non beta) Intel Application Accelerator drivers for my i845 based board. Only difference is a change of “source” type; with native WinXP drivers the source was “atapi”, now it’s “IdeChnDr”.
I feel I’ve tried everything I can think of (short of returning the drives, which is now next on my list.) I’ve pretty much ruled out the motherboard, since the system works fine otherwise, but maybe I have overlooked something. If anyone has any idea whatsoever I’d love to hear from you.
Regards and TIA!
For the sake of completeness, here’s a short list of my hardware (everything is run in spec):
motherboard: ASUS P4B533-E rev 1.02 (BIOS 1007E flashed, originally 1004E)
processor: Intel Pentium 4 (Northwood) 1.6GHz in-a-box
memory: 768MB Kingston ECC DDR RAM (256MB + 512MB module)
graphics card: ASUS V8420/TD Geforce4 Ti4200 128MB DDR RAM with TV-out and DVI-I
sound card: Creative Labs Audigy Player
hard drive: Maxtor D540X 120GB (model 4G120J6) (primary master)
DVD ROM drive: Lite-On LTD-163 (firmware GH5N flashed, originally GH5K) (secondary master)
CDRW drive: Lite-On LTR-40125W (firmware WS05 flashed, originally WS04) (secondary slave)
floppy drive: ALPS generic floppy disk drive (yes, I still use floppies! :))
(and sorry for the humongous post… :))