I have searched everywhere on the web trying to resolve this problem and I can seem to find how to make my new Emprex / Optiarc AD-7190S be recognized as a DVD burner. I just purchased this at Fry’s yesterday to make some copies of a family DVD.
I installed the DVD burner and rebooted my PC. Windows XP Pro (no service packs installed) recognized the drive as a Optiarc DVD RW AD-7190S SCSI CdRom Device under CDROM in the Windows Device Manager. I purchased the SATA version because I am running this on an older motherboard that does have SATA support. My system is:
ABIT VA-20 MB
MAXTOR Y080M0 80 GB SATA Drive
AOPEN CDRW1232 CD/RW
Optiarc AD-7190S DVD/RW
I have Nero 8 installed and when I run the Nero Info Tool I see both my CD/RW drive and new DVD/RW drive but the DVD Drive only shows CD Read and Write… the DVD Read and Write are not available. I did reflash the drive with the latest LiteOn DH-20A3S package available as a link from this site (9V768HT717) and that did work, but it would still not come up with any DVD write capabilities. I flashed it back to the original Optiarc 7190S thinking I would just return it and try a different burner… unless I am missing something.
I can read DVD’s from the drive and I was able to copy down the DVD that I wanted to clone, but whenever I try to write it fails. I am using Maxell 4.7GB DVD-R disks, but the fact that Windows doesn’t recognize it as a burner is my real problem. I have thought about removing the CDRW burner that I have installed to see if it would make a difference but that is running on the IDE Controller and I don’t think it would be causing this problem. Also my primary drive is a SATA drive so I know that I have the SATA device drivers loaded for my motherboard and this DVD/RW drive is recognized.
The device is using the Microsoft Device driver (Version 5.1.2535.0 dated 7/1/2001). I know that I should probably load the latest Windows XP SP2 and try this again, but I know that I am running the old Windows XP Corporate Final (Devil’s Own) version that when you try to upgrade it, everthing looks good until you do the final reboot and then boom… the machine is toast and you lose everything. I have tried that already in the past and I did have a complete backup so I was able to reload everything.
Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated. I don’t know what to try next.