Vanishing CD-RW, DV-RW not seen

Sony vaio pcv-rx650 / Vaio pcv-rx650
April 3, 2009 at 13:43:04
Specs: Windows XP
Hello, I hope someone can help me out with this problem.
My Pioneer DVD-ROM player recently went bad (03/16/09), when I would attempt to close drive door it would re-open constantly and acting erratically. And I replaced it with a Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-116D on (03/20/09). The initial installation went smoothly but I my PC is recognizing the new drive as a CD-Rom. I have posted my problem at other forums where people have told me that once installed WinXP_SP2 would recognize it and take it from there. It has not as of yet.
I ran the "Add New Hardware Wizard" and when it was completed with it's job a screen came up stating the device is working properly. When I clicked on My Computer it still showed up as a CD-ROM drive.
I have run the sfc/ scannow command and everything seems fine.
In the "AWARD Bios Setup Utility" I have the new Pioneer DVR-116D set as the Secondary Master which was the position of the original Pioneer DVD-Rom drive. The original SONY CD-RW is set as the Secondary Slave.
In System/Hardware/Device Manager the Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-116D appeared directly above the SONY CD-RW in the DVD/CD-Rom section. When I clicked on the Properties tab it stated that the "Device is working properly" but when I clicked the Drivers tab it stated the drivers date and version are "Not Available". I contacted Pioneer via phone and web site and they have no drivers to download. The drive came with the latest "Firmware" already installed.
The jumpers on the back of drive are positioned correctly from what the brief installation paperwork indicates and the drive did work temporarily.
I have Gone into System/Hardware/Device Mgr. and uninsulated the DVD-RW and CD-RW drives and rebooted to see if it would recognize them and reinstalled. The CD-RW reinstalled but the DVD-RW did not. I have also done the following after some advice from another forum. Went to Start/Run/ "msconfig" (without quotes), Clicked the Services tab & disabled "removed check mark" near Plug n Play, Rebooted.
Went to Start/Run/ "msconfig" (without quotes), Clicked Services tab re-check/enabled Plug n Play and rebooted again. No Luck?
I even tried the software angle and uninstalled/reinstalled Windows Media Player 11 and InterActual Player 2.7 which gives me the following error message: " Error PL4007: InterActual Player is unable to initialize my DVD decoder for playback. Clicked “Help Online” (bottom button on the left) for information that would help me properly configure my system for DVD playback." When I go online, no answers to be found. I uninstalled the OEM Sonic CDR burning software because it was not playing well with other downloaded 3rd party software.
Now (03/28/09), the DVD-RW is not even being recognized at all by the PC. There is power going to it. CD-RW acting erratically.
And now (03/31/09), the CD-RW drive is disappearing on me. By which I mean. When I boot the PC the CD-RW is present and works. But after I let the PC sit idle or just after time it suddenly vanishes. It is not present when I click on "My Computer" or in "Device Mgr." The drivers are still in the "'Windows\System32' and 'Windows\System32\drivers folders'". And if I need to use it I must reboot the PC.
I believe that the old IDE cable is not working properly anymore because I can reboot or sometimes have to unplug the "IDE" cable and plug it back in and reboot for the CD-RW to be present. I ordered a new "IDE" cable that is on the way. Could it be the connector on the "Main Board" going bad?
I replaced the IDE cable (04/02/09), which made no difference. I uninstalled both the CD-RW, DVD-RW and installed the DVD-RW as the slave drive in place of the CD-RW. When I booted, there was no "Optical device" to be found anywhere. And yes I reset the jumpers to the Slave Drive settings. I reinstalled the CD-RW and it was recognized and working. I am not receiving any "Error messages" at all, which I don't understand with Windows in general.
I checked Device Mgr. and both the Primary/Secondary IDE devices state they are working properly if this applies to my problem I am not sure?.
Is it time to quit while I am ahead and not let this relic nickle and dime me to death?
After all I know the PC is 10 yrs. old.
Thank you

SONY VAIO PCV-RX650
WinXP_SP2
80GB HD w approx., 60GB free space
1GB DDR 2700 Memory
ATI Radeon 9250 GPU w 256MB Ram
SONY CD-RW CRX175E
Pioneer DVD-RW DVR-116D


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#1
April 3, 2009 at 14:09:22
Why do you need both optical drives when the DVD-RW can handle ALL the burning/playback duties?

It's generally best not to pair up two optical drives on the same cable/channel. If you insist on keeping them both, keep the DVD-RW on the 2ndary channel as the master & move the CD-RW to the primary channel as the slave. You *may* also have to change the jumper on the HDD.


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#2
April 3, 2009 at 14:44:30
Go to Device Manager and select IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Then right click on the Primary IDE channel> properties> advance settings.

Post all the information there.


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#3
April 4, 2009 at 16:33:08
Jam,

Just installed the DVD-RW when the old DVD-Rom went. Didn't think about having (2) burners being a problem, Just figured if I was replacing might as well get a DVD burner.
Took out old CD-RW and replaced it with DVD-RW. Rebooted, went into Setup Utility and it would not recognize the drive in either the primary or secondary positions.
Ended up putting back in the old CD-RW and it is working fine aagin. Just don't understand why it won't even recognize drive anymore. When I first put it in it worked. Then it just started acting erratically, disappeard and quit appearing/working all of a sudden.
What would make something do that I don't know. Could it be something with the main board?
I don't know, but I appreciate the suggestions.
Thank you


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#4
April 4, 2009 at 17:13:35
I responded to your post and you don't have the courtesy to even try what I suggested.

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#5
April 5, 2009 at 15:36:49
OtheHill,

You know some people have other things to do in life besides sit at a PC 24/7/365. If you would have been more patient and not desperately seeking praise and recognition for your reply I would have gotten around to it. And by the way what did you suggest? The following:
"Go to Device Manager and select IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Then right click on the Primary IDE channel> properties> advance settings".
If I didn't know what was going on, what would that have told me. If you are going to reply with a helpful suggestion. Explain things to people. What if you would have told someone who was "clueless" that?
What would they have done next?
Maybe you need to get a life, join a cult and quit acting like some PC Diva know-it-all.
And after your rude reply, forget it.
Don't expect me to be back looking at what you whine about next. Because I won't be.


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#6
April 5, 2009 at 16:12:22
You are one piece of work.

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