My old DVD writer popped a few days ago (a Lite-On) and the replacement I bought is a Pioneer DVR-216D. I’ve read they’re one of the best writers out there, and affordable too.
Well, at the minute I’m ready to throw it through the window.
Here’s the situation. It’s a SATA drive. I’ve got a SATA hard drive and now this SATA DVD-RW. Also I’ve got a DVD reader, connected as master via IDE. Installation went great, you can see it on the BIOS screen, Windows (Vista) starts and it sees the drive perfectly, except for one thing - it says there’s an “Audio CD” inserted. There’s nothing in the drive.
Thinking it could use a firmware update I download the latest firmware but when I try to flash the drive it says “eject the disc first”. GRRRRRR.
I’ve looked around and someone suggested running the firmware flasher in DOS. Which I did, but I get “this program cannot be run in DOS mode”. Reading around there’s issues with NVIDIA SATA controllers and optical drives but I don’t have them, I have a ULi SATA controller. Interestingly NVIDIA have bought them out though, and there’s been no update to the driver in over two years.
Here’s a screenshot of the important bits of my device manager screen…
With the drive, I can put a DVD-R in and it’s recognised immediately. I haven’t tried burning with it - I don’t want to waste a disc frankly - but it certainly reads discs and their properties okay. As soon as you take them out though - EVEN WITH THE DISC TRAY EJECTED - the status changes to “Audio CD”.
Dodgy drive or SATA problem? Any advice whatsoever?
Thank you to any kind soul who wants to help…