DVD Drive recognized as DVD-RAM Drive?

Compaq / Presario sr1603wm
January 5, 2010 at 18:17:23
Specs: Windows XP, AMD Sempron 1.8 Ghz/1GB and 256MB
Hi Guys! I recently took out a CD Drive out of
my computer and put in a DVD Multi Recorder
in it and Windows is recognizing it as a DVD-
RAM Drive. It won't read or write disc, any type
of disc at ALL! I have the latest firmware
update. I updated it with this computer to no
prevail! Any ideas?

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January 5, 2010 at 18:29:34
If its an IDE connected drive, have you confirmed the small jumper at the back of the drive is set to CS (Cable Select)

Also download and run this small tool:

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January 5, 2010 at 18:51:23
Yes the jumper is set to CS. I ran the program but nothing has
happened. It still says DVD-RAM. Any other ideas? It's an IDE
connected drive.

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January 5, 2010 at 20:00:48
Is it connected to an ATA card or the motherboard IDE connector?

(Edit) Here's a discussion on that (2 pages):


Might end up being a virus or malware but note it may be an XP sp3 issue. Also check into updating ASPI drivers.

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January 5, 2010 at 21:36:19
It still says DVD-RAM

Actually I'm not concerned what the computer reports it as
The concern is doe it now read after restart

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January 8, 2010 at 01:20:30
No the disc does not read after restart.

It is connected to the motherboard IDE connector.

The drive is only a year old. It couldn't be bad already could it?

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January 8, 2010 at 15:33:11
Re my # 3:

Are you running XP sp3 on that? Can you run a virus/malware scan and see if anything turns up?

The most recent aspi version (I think) is 4.71.2 but that dates to 2002. Because it's provided by Adaptec sometimes there may be installation problems if it doesn't like your hardware. Therefore you can use ForceASPI 1.8 to install it. That is available here:


You may also want to go the Microsoft XP update site and let it run its scan and see what it thinks you need.

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January 8, 2010 at 21:26:13
Yeah i'm running XP Pro SP3. I ran a VS using AVG 9.0 and a
Rootkit Scan and my computer turned up nothing besides a
keylogger that i installed for personal preferences. Yes i did un-
install the keylogger just be on the safe side and see if that
could have been interfering. Microsoft reports nothing...

But ill try and un-install the ide controller and re-install and see if
Microsoft picks it up. Thank you for the ideas guys. Please
keep'em coming! :D

Edit: And i'll check the drivers also.

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January 10, 2010 at 15:54:11
The drivers didn't change anything.

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January 10, 2010 at 16:01:30
Don't be concerned about the words ram drive. DVD ram is just a third type of DVD media. Like + & - disks. Look at the link below.

And yes the drive could be bad already.

Is the drive on a cable by itself? Is the cable a used IDE cable? Is it an 80 wire 40 pin cable. Identify that type cable by the colored ends. Usually blue to the MBoard. Then grey and black.


Go to Device Manager> Expand IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Right click on the Primary channel and choose properties> Advanced settings. Is the drive using any DMA mode? Repeat for Secondary channel if present.

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