Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-109 won't read anything

Hi,

I am having trouble with my Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-109 drive on WinXP SP2. The hardware is recognized and installed, however anytime I try to insert a disk (DVD or CD), it spins for a while and then nothing.

If I try double-click-ing the drive from explorer (which does not show an updated name), the window hangs.

I have 2 HDDs (one with 5 partitions, one with just one), 1 DVD-RW and 1 CD-RW. I have a 370W power supply. I have a special RIM capable Intel motherboard with lots of stuff on board. The DVD-RW is instaled as Secundary Master.

The thing is, I am able to use the device on the exact same machine, booting a different partion with WinXP (no SPs) [it is however differently setup and not by me]. So the hardware works.

Any help will be greatly appreciated.

I tried the following so far:

  • Change the drive letter from Comupter->Manage
  • Uninstall from Device Manager all CD/DVD devices and reboot

It is interesting to note that if I insert no CD in, the system realizes quickly that the drive is empty.

Best,
Mircea

*** Last minute additional info ***
After tourmenting research (including on this site) I found out that if I set the Controller mode to PIO in Device Manager, it works fine. I also heard that this will severily limit my speed. Is there any way around this? What do I need to do? Get a new driver, get new firmware…

How are your IDE controllers listed in the Device Manager? Under “IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers” if the devices listed start with “Intel…” do the following:

  1. Double-click on the one containing the words “intel” and “parallel”
  2. Click on “driver” then “update driver”
  3. Click “install from a list…” then next
  4. Click “don’t search…” then next
  5. Click on “standard dual channel…” then next

This will revert the drive back to the one provided with XP and should allow your drive to work while set to DMA mode. Do a System Restore and backup before trying, as you never know what XP might do when you change a driver.

Best of Luck,
-Evan-

Hi,

The listed controllers are:

Intel® 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 24CB
Primary IDE Channel
Secundary IDE Channel

When I change the mode on “Secundary IDE Channel” Device 0 to PIO, the DVD-RW works. Not otherwise. Are you saying the first thing, “Intel® 82801DB Ultra ATA Storage Controller - 24CB” is interfering with it somehow?

Best,
Mircea

Hi,

Thanks, -Evan-. You’re a miracle. It worked. I started to think that it wasn’t possible.

Best,
Mircea

There’s a good chance. I would change the Intel controller driver as I described above and then delete the primary/secondary. Upon reboot they will be redetected.

-Evan-

Hi,

BTW, what effect will having changed the Intel driver have? Besides allowing the DVD-RW to work? And what is it for anyway?

Best,
Mircea

Great! Glad it worked out.
The Intel driver is part of a package of drivers installed on a machine by a manufacturer. It can also be downloaded from intel.com. It’s designed to increase transfer rates (especially with hard drives) and make drives faster but IME, it can cause problems with optical and ZIP drives. Sometimes it’s more trouble than it’s worth, like it your case.

-Evan-

Hi,

Unfortunatelly, it didn’t work. I thaught it did, but when I tried a new disk it hung again. When I thaught it did, I just had the same CD in, and I double clicked it, but didn’t try to copy anything.

So any more ideas would be greatly appreciated.

Best,
Mircea

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=144494

http://pioneer109.com/phpBB2/

http://pioneer109.com/

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=146301

This is a common problem! Please read all the threads above, buy two burners, and call me in the morning! LOL