Thanks for the quickly reply. Have checked that DMA is enabled for both Primary and Secondary IDE channels. What worries is that the burner was working ok until yesterday [I bought is about 3 weeks ago].
Someone suggested that I should reformat my harddisc as it might be too “clustered”. However, if the burner is working ok until last week, I can’t see how the hard-disc can be the cause of the problem.
Is there anyway I can check if the burner is damaged ?
The IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) channels are just the two sockets on your motherboard where the flat ribbon cables plug in. As for PIO Mode - it’s a slower transfer rate than UDMA mode, so if your burner is running in PIO mode, speeds will drop and you may get failed burns.
Even if you only have the one burner installed, often your hard drive(s) are connected to your Primary IDE cable, so the secondary one is often used for extra hard drives or burners etc. A lot of motherboards have two IDE channels.
As for what caused your drive to drop into PIO mode, it could have been anything from reading a dodgy disc (if Windows encounters x amount of read errors on a disc, it’ll drop the transfer rate til eventually you’re left with the dreaded PIO Mode) to a dodgy IDE (flat) cable connecting your burner. I’d say it’s more than likely that it had problems reading a disc and thus dropped the transfer rate.
These are really basic explanations, as I’m crap at explaining things - maybe you’ll get a more in-depth explanbation, though
Problems solved and the Pioneer 112 is now buring nicely. Many many thanks !!! The casue of the problems, seem to be as you predicted, ie reading a disc with faulty data. Many thanks also for the excellent technical explanations.
The only interest observation seems to be that the Primary IDE is now showing a CTM of “Ultra DMA Mode 5” and secondary IDE "Ultra DMA Mode 2] for Device 0. However, since the burner is working well, I aim complaining !
This might also explain the reason why my last Pioneer 108 burned failed. Which means I might now be able to connect it back to the PC as a second burner.
From memory, there is a spare connector left in the IDE cable. Can I therefore just adjust the jumpering switch of the second burner to “Slave” to make it work?
Your hard drive will be on the Primary IDE, so UDMA 5 would be normal. However, if the Secondary IDE is only showing UDMA 2, that means you’re using a 40 wire IDE cable (as opposed to an 80 wire one) - so you might want to replace it with an 80 wire cable at some point (Pioneers tend to prefer them). The Pioneer should ideally be in UDMA Mode 4, but if you’re burning OK, it’s fine for the moment
As for the 108, yep, just connect it to the spare connector on the flat cable that’s going to your 112, and set the jumper to “Slave” on the 108, you got it.