installing dvd burner

December 11, 2009 at 10:27:31
Specs: Windows XP
We have a dvd burner -ide jumper slave position. We bought a new dvd with sata burner (so we can burn dvd's) but when plugged in windows wont start up. We have called both liteon and they have no idea and we called asus (motherboard) and they said we have to reformat windows for this, that makes no sense just to add a dvd/cd writer. Can it be just a setting in bios or something? Hope this was enough information

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#1
December 11, 2009 at 10:40:41
I just experienced the same problem with a Samsung SATA burner. I tried it in two different systems & had the exact same problem in both. One of the systems already had a working SATA DVD burner in it, so I just unplugged the power & data cables, plugged them into the new burner & tried to boot. The system froze on the XP loading screen. I haven't looked into any further but I'm assuming the drive is bad.

BTW, you don't need two burners to copy DVDs...you only need one.


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#2
December 11, 2009 at 11:01:14
thanks for the reply. If you only need one dvd burner how do you do that? My husband thought you needed two. thanks

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#3
December 11, 2009 at 11:05:45
"If you only need one dvd burner how do you do that?"

The burning software temporarily copies the contents of the DVD to the hard drive, then it prompts you to remove the source disc & insert a blank disc...the contents are then burned back to the blank disc. It takes a little longer but it's actually better than burning "on the fly".


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#4
December 11, 2009 at 14:53:33
thanks, so knowing we didn't need two dvd burners we took the old one out that was on ide and we are using the new dvd burner which is sata, our motherboard has both ports, but it still wont start windows when we use the new dvd burner on the sata? Anyone know why and can help please? thanks

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#5
December 11, 2009 at 15:11:35
Consult your Motherboard or computer manual. Every board is a little different but some boards have reserved some of the SATA ports for use with optical drives. Also, if you are not currently using a SATA hard drive then you may need to install SATA chipset drivers. As an alternative to that, you may be able to set the SATA controller you use to run in an IDE compatibility mode.

YOU DO NOT need to re-install Windows.

having two optical drives is still nice to have. If you bought it locally you could return it but if online I suggest you keep it and get help here to install it.

The first thing to check is to boot into the BIOS (setup) screens and verify all the SATA controllers are enabled. There are various settings for those controllers. Again depending on the board, try AHCI or IDE compatibility. Also look to see if the SATA port is capable of supporting a boot device, which is what you want for your optical drive.

Is your computer a custom built or an OEM pre-built, like Dell, etc.?

Post motherboard model or computer brand and model.


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#6
December 11, 2009 at 15:20:44
ok thanks, we have windows xp pro, asus a8n-sli deluxe.

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#7
December 11, 2009 at 15:26:17
oh and it's custom built thanks

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#8
December 11, 2009 at 16:06:30
OK, I downloaded your motherboard manual. Look in 4.2.1 for configuring the BIOS settings.

To get to the BIOS tap the Del key at start up.

If you don't have the manual you can get it at the link below.

http://support.asus.com/download/do...

There appears to be a total of 8 SATA ports on that board. 4 of them are for a third party RAID controller which you may not be using. At any rate you can't connect an optical drive to one of those.

Also, you must verify in the BIOS that the SATA controller you are connecting to is Enabled. If you onlu have one hard drive and it is connected to #1 then connect the DVD drive to #2. The board layout in the manual is at 2.2.3.


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#9
December 13, 2009 at 10:28:05
thank you, we will try that, we do have the manual so we'll look it up. We did call the motherboard company (asus) and that's the guy who told my husband he needed to reformat the computer. thanks I'll let you know if it works.

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