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DVD drive operates without a disk

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by tatar, Apr 3, 2010.

  1. tatar

    tatar Flightless Bird

    Windows XP SP3
    I have two DVDs BenQ DVD-RW connected to the end of IDE cable as Slave and
    Pioneer DVR-A18L as Master. Without any disk inserted if I double click on
    Slave I see the drive figure as the Address but it does not ask me to insert
    a disk into the drive. What is happening and how can I correct it?
     
  2. glee

    glee Flightless Bird

    "tatar" <afe@ersoy.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:e1UP6Aw0KHA.264@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    > Windows XP SP3
    > I have two DVDs BenQ DVD-RW connected to the end of IDE cable as Slave
    > and Pioneer DVR-A18L as Master. Without any disk inserted if I double
    > click on Slave I see the drive figure as the Address but it does not
    > ask me to insert a disk into the drive. What is happening and how can
    > I correct it?


    I see the same here. I open My Computer, double-click my master optical
    drive and receive a popup message to insert disc.
    Double-click my slave optical drive and it just opens a folder window.

    My guess is that this is "normal" behaviour, at least on PATA optical
    drives (which is all I have here...hard drive is SATA).

    --
    Glen Ventura, MS MVP Oct. 2002 - Sept. 2009
    A+
    http://dts-l.net/
     
  3. Etaoin Shrdlu

    Etaoin Shrdlu Flightless Bird

    On 4/3/2010 2:35 AM, tatar wrote:
    > Windows XP SP3
    > I have two DVDs BenQ DVD-RW connected to the end of IDE cable as Slave and
    > Pioneer DVR-A18L as Master. Without any disk inserted if I double click on
    > Slave I see the drive figure as the Address but it does not ask me to insert
    > a disk into the drive. What is happening and how can I correct it?
    >
    >


    I have two optical drives on the secondary IDE channel and I get the
    "Please insert a disc" message for both. Have you verified that the
    jumpers are in the correct position on each drive?
     
  4. WaIIy

    WaIIy Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 3 Apr 2010 10:14:05 -0400, "glee" <glee29@spamindspring.com>
    wrote:

    >
    >"tatar" <afe@ersoy.co.uk> wrote in message
    >news:e1UP6Aw0KHA.264@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >> Windows XP SP3
    >> I have two DVDs BenQ DVD-RW connected to the end of IDE cable as Slave
    >> and Pioneer DVR-A18L as Master. Without any disk inserted if I double
    >> click on Slave I see the drive figure as the Address but it does not
    >> ask me to insert a disk into the drive. What is happening and how can
    >> I correct it?

    >
    >I see the same here. I open My Computer, double-click my master optical
    >drive and receive a popup message to insert disc.
    >Double-click my slave optical drive and it just opens a folder window.
    >
    >My guess is that this is "normal" behaviour, at least on PATA optical
    >drives (which is all I have here...hard drive is SATA).


    Mine does that too. Everything works just fine.
     
  5. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:e1UP6Aw0KHA.264@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl,
    tatar <afe@ersoy.co.uk> typed:
    > Windows XP SP3
    > I have two DVDs BenQ DVD-RW connected to the end of IDE
    > cable as Slave and Pioneer DVR-A18L as Master. Without any
    > disk inserted if I double click on Slave I see the drive
    > figure as the Address but it does not ask me to insert a
    > disk into the drive. What is happening and how can I
    > correct it?


    That's a tricky one, believe it or not. Your symptoms are
    mostly typical of many people, myself included, but they both
    work properly, right?
    I ordered my new machine with two optical drives installed
    and that machine asks you to insert media regardless of which
    one gets asked. They're IDE and both on one cable, but I
    didn't pull out the units to see whether they were
    slave/master/auto or what. The closest I cam on the other
    machine was to put them both on one IDE with master/slave
    settings. Anything else and one or the other drives would
    cause an error.
    Google has a lot of informaiton on this and the answer
    seems to depend on the cpu, chip set, IDE version and a lot of
    other things. I never did figure it out. I'd suggest spending
    some time with Google and see what you can come up with. IIRC
    dual was good as part of the serach terms.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     
  6. Don Phillipson

    Don Phillipson Flightless Bird

    "tatar" <afe@ersoy.co.uk> wrote in message
    news:e1UP6Aw0KHA.264@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...

    > Windows XP SP3
    > I have two DVDs BenQ DVD-RW connected to the end of IDE cable as Slave and
    > Pioneer DVR-A18L as Master. Without any disk inserted if I double click on
    > Slave I see the drive figure as the Address but it does not ask me to

    insert
    > a disk into the drive. What is happening and how can I correct it?


    The chap who assembled my custom PC in 2005 told
    me the Master should be the R/W drive placed at the end
    of the IDE cable and the RO drive should be (jumpered)
    Slave in the intermediate position.

    --
    Don Phillipson
    Carlsbad Springs
    (Ottawa, Canada)
     
  7. Ken Blake, MVP

    Ken Blake, MVP Flightless Bird

    On Sat, 3 Apr 2010 11:49:02 -0500, "Don Phillipson"
    <e925@SPAMBLOCK.ncf.ca> wrote:

    > "tatar" <afe@ersoy.co.uk> wrote in message
    > news:e1UP6Aw0KHA.264@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >
    > > Windows XP SP3
    > > I have two DVDs BenQ DVD-RW connected to the end of IDE cable as Slave and
    > > Pioneer DVR-A18L as Master. Without any disk inserted if I double click on
    > > Slave I see the drive figure as the Address but it does not ask me to

    > insert
    > > a disk into the drive. What is happening and how can I correct it?

    >
    > The chap who assembled my custom PC in 2005 told
    > me the Master should be the R/W drive placed at the end
    > of the IDE cable and the RO drive should be (jumpered)
    > Slave in the intermediate position.



    Did he tell why he said that? I'm not an expert on hardware, but as
    far as I know, it makes no difference, and he's not correct.

    --
    Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP (Windows Desktop Experience) since 2003
    Please Reply to the Newsgroup
     
  8. Twayne

    Twayne Flightless Bird

    In news:bq4fr5trudkjbha9c0rmrvvaomej8ji4l9@4ax.com,
    Ken Blake, MVP <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> typed:
    > On Sat, 3 Apr 2010 11:49:02 -0500, "Don Phillipson"
    > <e925@SPAMBLOCK.ncf.ca> wrote:
    >
    >> "tatar" <afe@ersoy.co.uk> wrote in message
    >> news:e1UP6Aw0KHA.264@TK2MSFTNGP05.phx.gbl...
    >>
    >>> Windows XP SP3
    >>> I have two DVDs BenQ DVD-RW connected to the end of IDE
    >>> cable as Slave and Pioneer DVR-A18L as Master. Without
    >>> any disk inserted if I double click on Slave I see the
    >>> drive figure as the Address but it does not ask me to
    >>> insert a disk into the drive. What is happening and how
    >>> can I correct it?

    >>
    >> The chap who assembled my custom PC in 2005 told
    >> me the Master should be the R/W drive placed at the end
    >> of the IDE cable and the RO drive should be (jumpered)
    >> Slave in the intermediate position.

    >
    >
    > Did he tell why he said that? I'm not an expert on
    > hardware, but as far as I know, it makes no difference, and
    > he's not correct.


    I saw that same instruction in a couple places when an RW and
    just R optical drives were involved. The only explanation was
    that R was more similar to a regular drive than an RW which
    had specific needs. Never fully understood any of them
    though.
    Next time, if there is a next time, I think I'll check out
    the externals - USB connected seems to work better and the
    USB3 is sure going to provide plenty of bandwidth. Right now
    at least there isn't much price diff between internals and
    externals - just like with external backup drives. I know
    one guy has 3 of them stacked; one for music and the other two
    for copying back & forth, as I do also, esp with backups to
    DVD every quarter.
    Must be lots of wiggle room built into their profit
    margins.

    HTH,

    Twayne`
     

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