Drivers for Mad Dog external CD/DVD burner

February 23, 2010 at 13:42:52
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Athlon 64/1.25 ram

Hi,

PLEASE NOTE: This does not have to do with an HP DX 2300, it has to do with an external DVD burner identified below.

I have a Maddog Multimedia DVD & CD burner but Maddog went under and their site is gone. I understand that this model, it was one of the latest, but I can't remember the exact model, was built by another manufacturer and sold under the Maddog name. If anyone can provide information and/or links on drivers or the manufacturers of Maddog products it would be great! Thanks


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#1
February 23, 2010 at 13:58:38

Can't help much without knowing the model number, but I did find this:

MAD DOG MD-16X3DVD9-8XB = NEC 4570
MAD DOG MD-16X3DVD9-8X = NEC 4550
MAD DOG MD-16X2DVD9-8X = NEC 3550


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#2
February 23, 2010 at 14:02:01

Thanks, am trying to find the exact model of the unit. I have a link to a site with drivers and great assistance, but without being sure of the model don't want to trash it.

http://liggydee.cdfreaks.com/page/en/


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#3
February 23, 2010 at 14:24:58

You don't need any specific drivers for any desktop optical (CD or DVD or combo) IDE or SATA drives - the drivers built into XP, or any Windows operating system 95 and up, work fine for IDE / EIDE and SATA optical drives.

The SATA drives can be run in either IDE compatible mode if the mboard's bios Setup is set to IDE compatible mode (a.k.a. ATA, IDE, EIDE, compatibility mode)
, or in SATA mode if the SATA controller drivers have been loaded and the mboard's bios Setup is set to SATA (a.k.a. AHCI) mode.

There some laptop optical IDE drives that require specific drivers, but that applies mostly, if not only, to older laptop drives.

If the drive is an IDE (EIDE) "combo" optical drive that can burn and read both CDs and DVDs, that is capable of burning DVD-R or DVD+R disks at 16X or greater, the drive must be connected to an 80 data cable in order for it to be able to run and burn at its faster speeds.
If the IDE drive has no DVD burning capabilty, or it it does but can't burn DVD-R or DVD+R disks at 16X or greater, if the drive is by iteself on a data cable, a 40 wire wire data cable is fine.

SATA optical drives cannot run any faster than UDMA 66 burst data transfer speeds (UDMA 4 in Windows), the same as the max for IDE optical drives. The SATA connection merely allows you to connect the drive to a SATA header / SATA drive controller, rather than an IDE header / IDE drive controller.

To burn disks, however, you need burning software - that's not specific to any one manufacturer's drives either.


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#4
February 23, 2010 at 14:32:56

Thanks for your input but this is an external and I have tried to use it with several of my laptops and they have not recognized it and I am unable to use it with them. I understand that I need separate burning software and have that available.

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#5
February 23, 2010 at 14:42:02

"Thanks for your input but this is an external and I have tried to use it with several of my laptops and they have not recognized it and I am unable to use it with them."

That's a different problem that has nothing to do with who manufactured the drive.

USB devices may not work correctly when they're connected to certain USB ports e.g. ports in a hub or on the front of a desktop case. If you have a desktop computer, you may have an IRQ sharing problem you need to fix, or your power supply may be starting to fail.
See response 3 in this:
http://www.computing.net/answers/wi...

Also - if you are using a USB extension cable, some of them have inadequate wiring and will not work properly with some USB devices.

Similar applies to firewire connected drives.

The external optical drive enclosure plus the drive within it probably requires that the USB (or firewire) port can supply the full standard max 500ma, or close to it. If the enclosure has an external power adapter than came with it, it MUST be plugged into the external case.

Similar applies for external hard drives.
See Response 9:
http://www.computing.net/answers/ha...


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#6
February 23, 2010 at 15:21:52

I have found further information on the unit:

MEGASTOR 7IN1 16DL DVD+/-RW8X

Thanks again. Will check on several of your comments, but

1 This has an external power supply that has to be connected or no drive power.

2 Am mindful of the USB power port issue and have never used it with a hub, even if powered.

3 Being mindful of the power issue have never used an extension.

Need to check on your comment on the IRQ conflict and will research.

Thanks for your efforts and comments.


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#7
February 23, 2010 at 18:55:03

"I have tried to use it with several of my laptops and they have not recognized it and I am unable to use it with them"

Have you considered that it may not work? When you plug the device into the USB port, it *should* be recognized automatically & if drivers are required, you would be prompted to install them. If you tried connecting it to several systems & it's not recognized by any of them, it's probably a defective unit.

According to the Mad Dog manual, no special drivers are required for XP but you need to at least be running SP1. See the installation instructions starting on page 8:

http://www.brendaratcliff.com/MegaS...

http://forums.driverguide.com/showt...


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