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Help with a DVD drive?


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siu00gas

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I have a Samsung DVD-ROM SD-612 drive which is quite old now - for some time I have been struggling to get it to work.

I have instaled it as primary on the secondary IP cable and it is correctly detected by both the Bios and Windows XP and is listed as a DVD drive on the hardware list.

Its propertys all seem correct and set right.

Only problem is in explorer it is listed as a CD-ROM and it wont read DVDs!

Help!

Edited by siu00gas, 21 June 2005 - 12:10 PM.

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firmware update

you could try to update the firmware, though they note firmware updates can kill the drive (never had this happen with a firmware update myself)
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Wont even run the Firmware update program.

Also I think that the firmware update is for a diffrent model - mine is 612c - I think and I can not find a firmware update for that.

Its odd that Bios & system menu read it as a DVD but it wont read them?
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have you installed dvd reading software?
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Yeah winDVD is instaled.

Also it wont read normal data DVD-ROMs which I thought any drive should read even without decoder software.

It dosent even recognise that a DVD is in the drive.

Edited by siu00gas, 21 June 2005 - 12:39 PM.

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don't even see sd 612c on their list...check the ide controller and see if the drive is using dma...if so, switch to pio
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also, is this drive a OEM part?
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It is using PIO.

Not sure what OEM means? If you mean is it a standard part used by a manufacturer - it was brought originaly as part of the machine from Dell.

The motherboard & processor have been changed since then - and it was after the re-instal of windows XP that the drive stoped working.

Its got me completly baffled and I have tried just about everything I can think of.

I am begining to belive that the DVD drive is so old that it isnt even supported anymore and wont work no matter what I do.

Its damb annoying that it seems to recognise it as a DVD drive - the drives property page, as accesed via device manager, has all the usual pages for a DVD drive - region etc. Still it will only read CDs!

Crazy!
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Thanks for your help.

Still cant get it to work but I think it is broken now ive tried everything.

just going to buy myself a new one.
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