|Hi, after many years of poor performance with optical drives(both dvd and cd burners) I have concluded it's my computer that is screwed, not the drives i'm using(i've tried new drives as well). And I have installed fresh many times, and even boot into a live OS and the same thing happens. I don't think it's a software problem.|
So here is the problem. I can burn a dvd, with somewhat decent success. Same for cd, but it burns them a little better. But when I play a dvd, whether it be on a combo drive that only reads dvds or on a dvd burner, it either fails from the start(tries to play the dvd but starts failing quickly and hangs) or fails after like 10 min. of smooth play. When it hangs, if I don't eject the dvd, the whole computer is just frozen. I can see the drive making noise and the light is blinking but it never recovers and plays the dvd. I have to eject it.
This has happened with dvd drives that burn and play flawlessly connected to other computers.
My motherboard is a PT800CE-A My bios is the AwardBIOS v6.00PG
The only three things I can think of are:
1. the ide cable i'm using(i use 80 pin but i don't know if that's right)
2. something in the bios is set incorrectly and that's hurting my optical drive performance
3. i'm using ultra dma mode when i should be using pio mode(but i've tried it both ways and no luck).
Just in case u need to look at my bios, I made a youtube video. Here ------> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZdVV...
and a screenshot of aida32 summary here ------> http://i41.tinypic.com/a1n1w9.png
and a screenshot of the motherboard stuff ------> http://i40.tinypic.com/n3ro5f.png
can anyone narrow this problem down and tell me what all situations can cause optical drive problems? i just wanna know where to start