I’ve been unable to get the 716 SA to work at ALL with my A8N-SLI.
-The drive passed a self test A-OK.
-Inserting any written disc into the drive results in a Windows lock up immediately after spin-up (have not tested with a blank disc aside from self test).
-Booting with a disc in the drive results in a Windows lock-up immediately after the Windows load screen.
-Setting the boot device priority to CD-Rom in Bios allows me to boot from my Windows installation CD with the drive.
-Device manager recognizes the device and reports it as functioning correctly.
-I was able to succesfully update the Plextor firmware to 1.04 but this seemed to have no effect with regard to the problem.
-Same issues when running the drive with the jumper (multiword DMA).
-Mobo bios is at 1004. The system is not overclocked in any way.
There are no other optical devices connected, the drive has been tested on all 4 sata ports (have not tried the SATA raid ports). Plextor tech. support had nothing helpful to offer beyond an OS re-install or an add-on sata card.
I’ve spent hours Googling this issue and while I’ve seen many issues regarding this drive model I did not see any info where inserting a disc was resulting in a system hang. It would seem to be a problem very specific to my system.
Sorry I can not offer any more details but anything beyond the above info is pretty much over my head. Any suggestions or ideas?