Hey all, experiencing a bit of an issue with some Optiarc AD-7200S drives…
I have 4 DVD burners in this rig - the two Optiarcs mentioned, a Pioneer DVR-215D, and a Lite-on iHAS120. In IDE mode, any time a burn was initiated, the computer would lock up hard. In RAID mode, the drives would burn, but using more than one drive at once would seriously cripple throughput (2 drives would max about 4x each, 3 drives couldn’t go faster than 1x without buffer underruns).
After playing with the drive a bit, I found I can move the Pioneer and the Lite-on anywhere, and the system will not freeze on a burn. The Optiarcs, however, will cause freezes in most positions, and there are no port positions that allow both Optiarcs to work with other drives. What I have seen is that the Optiarcs don’t like to be on the same “IDE Channel” as another burner, and if a burn is initiated to any burner, having an Optiarc on the same channel as any other burner whether any burners on that channel are a target or not will cause the computer to lock up.
As stated in the topic, this is with an M3N-HT, which is an nForce 780a-based mainboard.
Anyone else experiencing issues with Optiarcs and other SATA ODDs on the same “IDE Channel” in IDE mode causing these issues, especially with nForce chipsets?