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Old 01-02-06, 07:21 PM
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DVD Burner installation question

I installed my dvd burner for the first time and everything seemed to run smooth. However, when I goto my computer, the dvd burner is Drive F. I have a blank dvd-r in the drive but on My Computer, it says cd-rom disc with 648 MB free.

Also, when I start Nero Express 6, there is a drop down box that says "Which recorder to use" it gives me these options

E: HL-DT-ST CD-RW GCE -8523B [CD-R/RW] (regular cd burner)
F: BENQ DVD LS DW1655 [CR-R/RW] (this should be my dvd writer)

Also, after installation, I booted my computer up and no messages came up, ie no error messages or new hardware detected.

I am running win98

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Old 01-02-06, 08:23 PM
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Did you uninstall the drivers for the previous drive before installing the dvd burner and its drivers?

Thas all I got and it ain't much
Old 01-02-06, 10:07 PM
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There is no previous drive. I have a DVD-ROM (D drive) and a regular CD Burner (E Drive) I have another empty slot in my tower and that is where I put the DVD Burner (F drive)
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On some versions of Nero, when you open the software, it gives you an option for CD or DVD. If you select CD, it shows the device as a CD burner, if you select DVD, it then shows the drive as a DVD burner.
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It's showing it as a CD-R/RW instead of a DVD-R/RW like I stated above. Also, I have been trying to copy something off my hard drive and it keeps freezing up during the process. My most successful attempt was at 9%. I shut down all other applications and I step away from the computer but it totally freezes during burning.
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Grr, tried burning again today and only got to 4% until the system froze completely. No idea what is going on.
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Check to see how your optical drives are cabled. Sometimes a newer faster drive doesn't like being the slave on an IDE channel, you might have to swap their positions on the cable (if yours is a cable-select configuration). If Master/Slave, then just changing the jumpers on the drives should be sufficient. Good Luck.

Wow, the DW1655 is newer than new. There isn't even a firmware update for it yet.
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So, I should change the DVD writer to Master and change my dvd rom to Slave??

Will I have to change any settings in CMOS or should my computer automatically detect that.
Old 01-03-06, 08:13 PM
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I tried burning a regular audio cd-r and that worked properly, so something is going on with the DVD burning
Old 01-03-06, 08:52 PM
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Originally Posted by ElementZ
I tried burning a regular audio cd-r and that worked properly, so something is going on with the DVD burning
Try upgrading your Nero to the newest version. I have seen Nero not properly recognizing drives when you have a very recent model.
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I switched the jumpers from Slave to Master on the DVD burner and vice versa on my dvd rom. Am I supposed to change any internal settings??

I tried again and froze at 14%. Here is more information.

I am using Memorex DVD-R 8x discs. When I tried burning at 8x, it said time remaining 8.xx minutes, however, by the time it got up to 14%, it already took 7+ minutes.
That seems a little long dosent it

Lola: I am going to dl nero 7, I am using nero 6 right now
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Does your PC have enough horsepower? The newer DVD burner drives like XP more than the other older OS's. Why have 3 optical drives in the PC?
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Tried using Nero 7 and froze up at 18%

I meet and exceed the system requirements stated on the box. Here are my specs

AMD Athlon xp 2400
256mb Ram
40gb HD
Win 98se

Computer is 2 years old but should be compatiable with the dvd burner

I have always had the dvd rom and the cd burner in the comp, installing the dvd burner gives me optical drives... Should I ditch the cd burner? What are pros and cons to that.

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98se? Hmmm... With a RAM upgrade your PC should run XP like a champ, but that's a future project I'm sure.

Now let's see if I'm getting this right. Your drives are configured thus:

Hard Disc Drive - Master on IDE 0

DVD Burner - Master on IDE 1
DVD-ROM - Slave on IDE 1

Where is your CD Burner hooked up?
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Originally Posted by ElementZ
Should I ditch the cd burner? What are pros and cons to that.
Lets see, your LG GCE-8523B cd burner's speeds are 52x24x52 and your BENQ DW1655's speeds for CD are 48x/32x/48x, close enough for me to consider ditching, just for simplicity's sake. Your DVD-ROM could act as your read-only source for both CD and DVD when doing disc to disc copies, and your DW1655 would be your one stop burner.

Sigh. If it starts working right.
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How do I know which drive is hooked up to which IDE??

I think I will ditch the cd burner, however, when I was fiddling with it last night, it was in there pretty secure (not screwed in), I couldn't budge it, but I am sure I can remove it.

I am going to get some new blank media today and try those out.
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look at the ribbon cables running from the backs of the optical drives to the motherboard. Somewhere near the plug on the motherboard where they connect will be words like IDE0 / IDE1 or PRIMARY / SECONDARY. This will let you know which IDE channel you are plugged into. An ideal configuration would be to have your Hard Disk Drive alone on IDE0 (or with an additional HDD for use as a data drive as slave) and your optical drives as master / slave on IDE1 (SECONDARY).
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Originally Posted by AGuyNamedMike
98se? Hmmm... With a RAM upgrade your PC should run XP like a champ, but that's a future project I'm sure.

Now let's see if I'm getting this right. Your drives are configured thus:

Hard Disc Drive - Master on IDE 0

DVD Burner - Master on IDE 1
DVD-ROM - Slave on IDE 1

Where is your CD Burner hooked up?

My motherboard says IDE 1 and IDE 2, there is no IDE 0

My hard drive is hooked up to IDE 1 and my dvd burner (master) and dvd rom (slave) are hooked up to IDE 2

I took out my cd burner all together, and I used the cables that were plugged into the cd burner and plugged them into the dvd burner
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Well I am still getting system freezes. Froze at 6% that time.

I dont understand that when I start to burn, it says time left about 8 minutes, but when my percentage goes up, it only goes up about 1% every 60-90 seconds

It dosen't take a math whiz to figure that out.

I think I am going to take it back and try another one, could it be a faulty burner?? I did burn hockey fights and music videos that were on my comp successfully though.

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It absolutely could just be a bad burner. Good Luck!
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First I just wanna say....cmon dude seriously jesus, enough with this win98 CRAP......no seriously ENOUGH. however for some actual help as is make sure the drives are in the right DMA mode. That can seriously screw things up , DMA mode 5 or 3 just not PIO mode. Go to device manager ,go to hard drives and burner see what mode theyre in...PIO = BAD
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GOOD NEWS

I returned the BENQ and got an LG. Wow, the difference is night and day. Very first attempt to burn something and it worked like a charm.

Looks like it could have been a faulty burner.

Thanks for your help

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