Today I finally received my new Optiarc AD-7173. Before that I was using a NEC ND-3520 burner, for both burning and reading, however at some point, that drive stopped reading the DVDs I burned. Even though my TV’s dvd player read them just fine (the ones with video, of course). Since I was able to read DVDs before with the ND-3520, and it did not happen after a firmware upgrade or anything, I figured it’s a problem with the drive itself. I’ve had it for a while now so I figured it was time for a new driver.
Sadly, the exact same problem repeats with Optiarc’s AD-7173: I can burn DVDs containing videos that are read fine in my tv’s DVD player, I can burn and read CDs fine with the burner, I can even read pressed movie DVDs. But I cannot seem to read the DVDs I burn with the drive itself - and I have tried with both Ritek media and Verbatim media.
After googling for a bit I saw this might be a problem with my motherboard/chipset: I use an Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe motherboard, with nVidia nForce2 chipset. The few tips I could find recommended removing nVidia’s IDE drivers and using Windows stock ones, however, I seem to be having the exact same problem when using Linux as well, so I don’t think it’s a driver issue.
Is there any way to fix this incompatibility between NEC burners and nVidia chipsets? Or should I just kiss NEC goodbye and get a different brand of DVD burner? I’m aware another solution would be to stay with Optiarc and buy a drive for reading DVDs… But to be honest I don’t really need two drives so I think I would prefer to change the Optiarc driver to a different brand if there’s no way to make it read properly.
I would appreciate your feedback on this, as it has been frustrating for me trying to get the drive to work today, and if changing to a different brand is the only solution I would like to return this Optiarc drive as soon as possible.