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Windows 7: Two Sony optical IDE drives won't burn

12 Oct 2010   #1

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 
Two Sony optical IDE drives won't burn

I can really use some help before I start banging my head on the table. So it started like this: I had an aging computer that was no longer adequate to my standards, however everything worked fine even when I installed the windows 7 pro update from a Vista installation. Since then I have retired the PC to my parents home, which for them is actually an upgrade. The only difference now is that I had them get their own copy of Windows 7 Home.

The problem they are having, which is now my problem, is that the CD burner and the DVD burner both will not burn discs. There is no option to burn them and upon inserting a blank cd-r, both drives tell me, "Windows can't read disc in drive"

Here are some issue-relevant specs on the fore-mentioned PC:
Lan-party nf4 Ultra-D Motherboard
Sony CD-RW CRX230E IDE optical drive
Sony DVD-RW DRU-710A IDE optical drive

Both drives are on the same IDE cable and the DVD-RW is set Master and the CD-RW is set to Slave.

Here is how the two drives are listed in the device manager:
Sony CD-RW CRX230E ATA Device
Sony DVD-RW DRU-710A ATA Device

I've noticed they are listed as ATA Devices, though they are IDE. This may be part of the issue but I cannot find drivers on Sony's site for their IDE counterparts, and I have no idea what else to do, short of buying new SATA drives if this is the problem.

I've uninstalled the drivers for the optical drives, and had windows scan and reinstall them; didn't work. I've tried to update the motherboard drivers but n'vidia doesn't seem to offer nf4 chipset drivers anymore. Instead I've gone to the length of installing modified drivers in hopes that it would help but it hasn't.

I found the, "Modded Driverpacks for Windows 7/Vista" here,
Win7/Vista: Optimized nForce Driver Packs • nForcersHQ.com
I installed the, "Non-AHCI Performance Packs" so if anyone has insight as to why I maybe shouldn't have done that I could use the knowledge. Honestly it was a hasty uninformed attempt to fix the problem quickly, but I still have the problem.

Normally I try and do fix these problems but I really need help on this one. Either I'm forgetting something, or the problem is out of my league. Thanks for taking the time to read my post. Help is enormously appreciated.



My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #2

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Hi Have you installed the chipset drivers for your motherboard? Regards
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #3

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
Hi Have you installed the chipset drivers for your motherboard? Regards
Did you read the entire post? I've installed modified drivers, mostly due to the fact that I can't find Windows 7 specific drivers for the motherboard (Lanparty UT nf4 ultra-D) or the nf4 chipset. This is pretty much what I have to choose from:

DFI LANParty:The Best OC Platform! Overclock, Motherboard, Intel, AMD

or

Win7/Vista: Optimized nForce Driver Packs • nForcersHQ.com

Insight for what the most appropriate driver pack would be is part of what I'm looking for.
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12 Oct 2010   #4

Win7 HP (x64)/Win7 Ultimate (x64)
 
 

Apologies for the oversight on my part - sorry again

Regards
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #5

windows 7 ultimate 64bit
 
 

Your CD or DVD drive can't read or write media

i dont know if this will solve your problem, but its worth a try....
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #6

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lomai View Post
Apologies for the oversight on my part - sorry again

Regards
That's ok! I still appreciate the sentiment. I'm not saying I'm so good that I wouldn't overlook the obvious, just not this time!

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kword88 View Post
Your CD or DVD drive can't read or write media

i dont know if this will solve your problem, but its worth a try....
Thanks, I was excited to try this solution, but it says it doesn't detect any problems. It makes me wonder if it just some windows 7 setting that I'm not aware of.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #7

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Bump!! Any other opinions? Don't be afraid!
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #8

Win 7 Ultimate (64-bit), Win 8 (64-bit)
 
 

You are spinning your wheels trying to find drivers for ATA vs IDE. ATA, IDE and PATA all refer to the same type of drives.

What software are you using to burn the disks? If you insert a blank disc it seems obvious that Windows will say it can't read it since there is nothing written to it.
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #9

Windows 7 Pro 64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by strollin View Post
You are spinning your wheels trying to find drivers for ATA vs IDE. ATA, IDE and PATA all refer to the same type of drives.

What software are you using to burn the disks? If you insert a blank disc it seems obvious that Windows will say it can't read it since there is nothing written to it.
I'm just using windows explorer. What I've come to expect, and what I'm able to do on my other computer is open the disc drive (with a double click) and instead of Windows telling me it can't read the disc I get a window that I can transfer files into for when I'm ready to burn them to a blank disc. I am not presented with the same option in the case of my parents computer, just, "Windows can't read disc in drive". It's like the drives aren't seen by Windows as burners, but as regular disc (read only) drives.

So you were saying that it doesn't matter that the device manager lists them as ATA when they are in fact IDE drives? If they are in fact no different, then could I just install the SATA drivers from the Sony site and be fine?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
12 Oct 2010   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

From the info I did find, I strongly recommend visiting the Sony site and looking for updates there and/or making sure you have the latest bios update for your computer.

Also recommend you visit following site:
Windows 7 Compatibility Center home
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