New Build - DVD/SATA/ACHI Issues

I just built a new system on an ASUS P5Q Deluxe motherboard. I have 2 SATA hard drives & one SATA optical drive: SH-S223F. BIOS is set to ACHI.

Vista Home Premium installed fine, but Windows isnt’t usually able to recognize discs that I put in. It reconizes the drive fine, but again, often not the disc itself.

I then tried to install XP Pro, when it start to load it blue screens. If I go in to the BIOS & change it to IDE, all is fine. & yes, I have the F6 drivers.

So I’ve read enough to know that some optical drives don’t play nice with ACHI. I’d really like to leave the BIOS set to ACHI, as I’ve read it DOES improve hard disc performance. Some options I have are:

1)Switch the SATA optical drive for an IDE.
2) Buy a PCI SATA card.
3) Change the SATA BIOS to IDE.

However, I’m hoping there’s a SATA DVD burner that plays nice with ACHI. Is there a diferent brand I can get & use the onboard SATA ports & ACHI?

[QUOTE=wannabe3;2116035]I just built a new system on an ASUS P5Q Deluxe motherboard. I have 2 SATA hard drives & one SATA optical drive: SH-S223F. BIOS is set to ACHI.

Vista Home Premium installed fine, but Windows isnt’t usually able to recognize discs that I put in. It reconizes the drive fine, but again, often not the disc itself.

I then tried to install XP Pro, when it start to load it blue screens. If I go in to the BIOS & change it to IDE, all is fine. & yes, I have the F6 drivers.

So I’ve read enough to know that some optical drives don’t play nice with ACHI. I’d really like to leave the BIOS set to ACHI, as I’ve read it DOES improve hard disc performance. Some options I have are:

1)Switch the SATA optical drive for an IDE.
2) Buy a PCI SATA card.
3) Change the SATA BIOS to IDE.

However, I’m hoping there’s a SATA DVD burner that plays nice with ACHI. Is there a diferent brand I can get & use the onboard SATA ports & ACHI?[/QUOTE]

In addition, which SATA port did you have your optical drive connected to? Typically, with Intel chipsets, SATA 1 and 2 (or SATA 0 and 1, depending on how those ports are labeled on the mobo) share the same channel on the SATA controller. Same thing with SATA 3 and 4 (or SATA 2 and 3, depending on the labeling on the motherboard). Many SATA optical drives don’t like to share the same SATA channel as another SATA device.

I have the HD’s on 1 & 2, the OD on #3.

Not much help only a confirmation that I saw the same problem on a P5Q-E…

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f61/asus-maximus-formula-ich9r-running-raid-ahci-optical-sata-drives-250794/

The SATA ports are usually 0 1 - 2 3 - 4 5.
I believe that ports 4 & 5 are your best bets for ODD’s.
But no guarantee.
IDE setting too, as far as I know.