I added an ND-3540A burner to my system a while back and started getting intermittent timeouts (long delays) during POST and am looking for suggestions from anybody.
The gist: computer goes through memory check okay, hits the DVD drives, and when I have the ND-3540A in my system it will intermittently just hang during POST for minutes and then proceed with the boot. If I’ve told it to enter BIOS setup during the wait it will come up and will see the ND-3540A just fine as well as my second DVD drive.
I have tried many variations to isolate the issue, but the problem seems to be the presence of the ND-3540A itself and any other DVD drive.
I’ve tried setting it to master and the secondary drive to slave, tried setting both to CS, and have swapped other DVD drives in with the ND-3540A but nothing has really helped.
If the ND-3540A is the only drive in the system (set to master or CS) then there are no issues at all – POST is just like it should be.
If I take the ND-3540A out of my system and swap in other DVD burners or DVD-ROM drives the problem goes away.
I’ve checked in BIOS and both IDE primary channel (where my 2 HD’s live) and secondary channel (both DVD drives) are enabled and set for max-UDMA.
I’m running the latest stock firmware (1.03 I believe).
At times I can CTRL-ALT-DEL while it’s hung up in POST and when it reboots and goes through POST again everything is fine.
I can burn and read DVDs just fine in the drive – it operates perfectly, I just have this incredibly annoying intermittent problem with long timeouts during POST, like the BIOS is looking for something and not seeing it and eventually timing out.
Anyone have any suggestions for me?
Thanks in advance!