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Replacing "ATA" type DVD drive


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Jhazon

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Ok, so my PC shows it age... I had a LG GSA-4082B DVD burner that worked fine since 2004. I know that I burned more than 600 disc over the course of its life. Well, it has appeared to have died (it is visible in the "My Computer" area and eject/open works from there but Nero does not like the drive anymore! The door will open and it keeps asking for a new disc)

Well, I need to replace the burner as my files have become backed up! Question... where can I get a replacement (all of the major box stores no longer carry ATA)? Should I, and can I, switch over to an external burner?

Any help would be appreciated!

Edited by Jhazon, 03 September 2012 - 11:32 AM.

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I must also say that I reintalled the old DVD drive, update the driver, etc. and still it does not work! I am open to ideas on fixing this.

When I place a disc with content in the drive, it appears as if there is no disc in the drive... nothing to explore and no action by the drive (for exe disc)

Help!!
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I found this one HERE that is IDE which is what you need.
You haven't supplied any info on the system itself to see if switching to a SATA drive is even possible.
Is it a name brand system and if so what brand, make and model?
If custom built what is the brand, make, and model of the motherboard?
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If you tried another DVD drive and it also did not work, then you might have some other problem. You might try changing the cable, which sometimes does actually fail.

You could also try an external USB DVD burner as well.
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I just copied this from my PC doc....

AMD Athlon XP 2400 Processor
1 Gigabyte Mother Board with DDR Chip Set
UDMA-133 AGPx8 PC-3200 4-USB Ports
1.0Gig of PC2700 DDR RAM
ATX Tower Case and 300W Power Supply
80GB 7200RPM IDE Hard Drive (C:)
120G 1200RPM IDE Hard Drive (F:)

..it was custom built in 2001 and has worked fine since. I replaced RAM and DVD drive in its life span.
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Not telling us the motherboard model so we will have to do it with some software.
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[1:] Save it to your desktop.
[2:] Click on the icon it creates and let it run
[3:] I need the following information from it.
[4:] First click on the Mainboard tab at the top of the window and give me Manufacturer and Model number it shows
[5:] Click on the Memory tab and give me the Type and Size of memory it shows.
[6:] Click on the SPD tab and get me the Max Bandwidth line information.
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Gigabyte Technology Co. Ltd. - nVidia-nForce2
Memory: DDR (Dual) 3072 MB
SPD: Max. bandwidth = Slot#1 PC3200 (200 MHz), Slot#2 PC2100 (133 MHz), Slot#3 PC3200 (200 MHz),
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Still no motherboard model number for me to look up the specs.
I would guess if the motherboard is from 2001 then there are no SATA connections on it.
Have you tried a different IDE ribbon for the drive?
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That is my next task. I have a second drive hooked up (a simply DVD reader) and will try switching the ribbon to it next. Can I simply switch the IDE ribbon or do I also have to switch the other wire (power?)
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You have to have power and the ribbon. What we are concerned about though is just the flat grey IDE ribbon.
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