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Installing SATA DVD Burner

May 13, 2008 at 19:20:22
Specs: Windows Xp, 1 Gb

I just bought a new DVD burner (Samsung SH-S203N) and after I installed the burner and turned on the computer it would get stuck at the Windows XP screen. If i unplug the SATA cable from the motherboard than the computer runs fine. I already have a DVD burner in the computer but it is IDE. My motherboard is a Gigabyte GA-K8NF-9. I went into the bios to see if the SATA ports were enabled.

I have the IDE/SATA raid function disabled and i have Serial-ATA 1 enabled and Serial-ATA 2 enabled.

any help is appreciated thanks.

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#1
May 13, 2008 at 19:23:41

Is your hard drive IDE or SATA ?

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#2
May 13, 2008 at 19:24:16

My hard drive is IDE

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#3
May 13, 2008 at 19:33:00

Is the SATA set in IDE mode and not AHCI mode ?

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#4
May 13, 2008 at 19:33:57

How would i find that out? i dont know much about computers

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#5
May 13, 2008 at 19:45:30

If you were able to determine that you "have the IDE/SATA raid function disabled", then you should be able to find where the settings are for SATA mode in the bios. I'm not sure where it would be for your particular motherboard. Also, if your motherboard has two IDE connections, you could make sure that the hard drive and IDE DVD drive are connected to different IDE connector. You could also try plugging the SATA DVD drive into a different SATA connector.

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#6
May 13, 2008 at 20:09:40

The Hard Drive and other burner are on different connections and i have tried every SATA connector. As far as the bios goes i have everything that has SATA in it disabled, except Serial-ATA 1 and Serial-ATA 2. the only other one is that IDE/SATA raid function. Nothing else has anything to do with SATA

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#7
May 13, 2008 at 20:20:33

I don't have an answer but I am curious why you'd want/need an SATA burner if you already have a working IDE burner? AFAIK, there's no advantage to SATA optical drives other than the smaller data cable.

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#8
May 13, 2008 at 20:24:46

"I have the IDE/SATA raid function disabled"

Enable it.

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#9
May 13, 2008 at 20:26:09

My old one is slow and is starting to mess up and i just bought a burner not really caring IDE/SATA either way. The new one is faster and thats the main reason i got it.

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#10
May 13, 2008 at 20:33:13

From http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/2...
"IDE cables are large and take up space and prohibit air flow when compared to a SATA cable. A DVD-RAM SATA drive will make use of that media the same as an IDE drive will. With a SATA drive be sure and connect it to a 'common' MB SATA port, not a 'special' RAID designated MB port. Putting two IDE optical drives in a Master/Slave config on a single IDE cable will work fine for copying purposes. So will two SATA optical drives on seperate SATA MB ports for that matter."

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#11
May 13, 2008 at 21:01:37

I enabled it and nothing changed except if i hook it to the SATA cable while the computer is on it freezes and it wont shut down unless i manually click the button.

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#12
May 13, 2008 at 21:30:08

Well i dont feel like messing with a burner this long...i am gonna just return and buy an IDE one...thanks for the help though

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#13
May 14, 2008 at 07:32:12

eeplelife

Before returning the burner read the manual for your MBoard. The SATA controller you are connecting to may not be enabled. Be default there are usually 2 SATA ports for each controller. Some of your SATA ports may not be bootable either. You do want to connect to a bootable SATA port. Depending on how many SATA ports are on your MBoard you may have as many a 4 SATA controllers. They will be listed in the BIOS screens.


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#14
May 14, 2008 at 08:25:33

I have connected the burner to all 4 SATA ports and have checked in the bios and enabled the SATA ports. Its not that the computer isnt reading the burner; the computer wont go past the opening windows XP screen if the burner is plugged in.

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#15
May 14, 2008 at 08:39:54

Then you might be better off exchanging it for an IDE unit.

BTW, there is no inherent advantage to SATA optical drives. The MBoard and chipset manufacturer's are migrating away from IDE so sometimes it makes sense to go with SATA optical. I have 3 open SATA ports and still elected to use an IDE when I needed a new burner. SATA optical are fraut with problems.

If you find you can't exchange the drive you may be able to get an adapter. Exchange would be better. Adapters aren't all that reliable either.


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