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Driver detection/loading issue with ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U external optical drive

Q: Driver detection/loading issue with ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U external optical drive

I am having difficulty with my ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U external optical drive. My computer is an ASUS UL30A notebook with Windows 7. The strange thing is that it was working initially, but now a few days later, it stopped working for some reason. If I go to My Computer, I can see my harddrives (C and D) listed, but not my optical drive. If I go to Control Panel, and click on Devices and Printers, I see my optical drive listed under Devices as SDRW-08D1S-U, with a small yellow triangle icon with an exclamation point on it. If I double click on it, and then click on the Hardware tab, it states at the bottom – “Device Status: Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing.” If I click on the Properties button, it basically says the same thing, with the addition of: (Code 39). I have tried updating the driver, and it states that I have the appropriate and latest driver. I have tried disabling and enabling driver. I have tried right clicking on the icon and Troubleshooting.

Finally, I tried uninstalling the driver. And then when I plugged the drive back in, it states that the “Device driver software was not successfully installed.”

I am using the supplied USB Y cable with both ends plugged in. I have tried it also with only one of the two ends plugged in, and also with regular non-Y configuration USB cables.

I will add that I never installed the original software on the CD that came with the drive. I was about to install it when I found that it decided to quit cooperating. But it doesn’t make sense that it was working initially (I installed Microsoft Office on CDs using the drive) and now has stopped working for no apparent reason. Any help would be greatly appreciated!!

Preferred Solution: Driver detection/loading issue with ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U external optical drive

I recommend downloading and running DAP. It can help sort out any driver and firmware related issues on your system

It's worked out well for many of us in the past.

You can download it direct from this link http://downloaddap.org. (This link will open the download page of DAP so you can save a copy to your computer.)

A: Driver detection/loading issue with ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U external optical drive

No replies yet...I guess there is no easy fix for this... I'll probably put up the drive for sale and get something else...

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i need an external optical drive (BD/or DVD) for my ASUS Transformer TP300LA-DW099H. I wonder if it's possible If so, what brand/model can you recommend. It has no LAN port and am having difficulty installing my Linksys WRT-120N as my second router (ISP alread provided a wireless Zyxel P-660HN-T1A as the former requires an optical drive to be able to install it. Please help me.

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My ASUS SDRW-0806t-d doesnt connext through any of my USB ports. It did through fireware but as it's broken now I can' connect it anyway.

Any idea what is wrong?

Many thans for your help


A:Asus Sdrw-0806t-d - Coenst Connect Through Usb

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I've considered installing Windows XP32bit instead of Windows Vista 64bit, but when installing Windows XP you need to hit F6 key to install RAID drivers for it to detect the Sata HDDs.

This was simple with my old motherboard (ABIT AV8 3rd Eye) because I had a floppy with the required drivers on, but now I don't have any floppy... can I download the files somewhere?

I hope what I've said is clear Please ask if there are any problems understanding something



A:Help with ASUS P5K-E SATA drive detection

You should be able to find the drivers at:

I've had to install a driver for a RAID array, but never a drive.

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I am running XP Pro, with Asus K8V SE M\B and currently Maxtor SATA drive.
I needed to clone my hard drive to a new one, as the old one was suspect.
I used Norton Ghost to clone my O\S and data over to the new "WD" SATA drive (which was connected via a sata-usb adapter for convenience)

When inserting the new WD drive in to the M\B, the bios wouldn't detect the drive at all (although Windows had previously). I tried all SATA connectors on the board, but no joy with detection.
The old MAXTOR drive was only 2 yrs old (80gb), and the new drive is 250gb.

I can't see any settings in the bios to detect the sata drive.

Any ideas guys?

Many Thanks


A:Asus K8V SE and SATA Drive detection

IIRC these old VIA sets with the VT8237 southbridge did not upport booting from SATA. I coud well be wrong and it might be that you have to install the VIA motherboard drivers for the SATA to function. Either way it is indeed a pain.

I would reinstall the old drive and make sure the SATA drivers are indeed there. Then I would reclone the new drive from there and stand back and see what explodes.

Good luck.

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I want to put info in easy to read format as below:

Personal profile
I am not a newbie to computers and have been using/modding OS/hardware since last 10yrs or so (though personal desktop/mobile/tablets only). Everything from Formatting, imaging, troubleshooting(though stuck on this), Ramdisks, water cooling, etc etc etc.
So when i inform you of the situation below , you can take it that what i am writing below is the exact scenario.

Computer Profile------------------
TSG Report:
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version
OS Version: Microsoft(R) Windows(R) XP Professional x64 Edition, Service Pack 2, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Core(TM) i5 CPU 750 @ 2.67GHz, EM64T Family 6 Model 30 Stepping 5
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 16374 Mb
Graphics Card: ATI Radeon HD 5400 Series, 1024 Mb
Hard Drives:
C: Total - 61055 MB, Free - 51011 MB;
D: Total - 10252 MB, Free - 384 MB;
E: Total - 216587 MB, Free - 6254 MB;
F: Total - 61051 MB, Free - 6068 MB;
G: Total - 153699 MB, Free - 10033 MB;
H: Total - 21289 MB, Free - 7471 MB;
I: Total - 717818 MB, Free - 675210 MB;
J: Total - 11633 MB, Free - 11552 MB;
R: Total - 7169 MB, Free - 6087 MB;
Motherboard: ASUSTeK Computer INC., P7H55
Antivirus: avast! Antivirus, Updated: Yes, On-Demand Scanner: Enabled

Everest Report:
See attachment for Full Computer configuration (including bios and hardware)
View attachment Report.txt

just in case, CPU Overclocked by ~ 27-30% to 3.4 to 3.6 Ghz &
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No SP3?

Anyway this will bump you.

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I have a problem with my ASUS SDRW-08D1S-U external optical drive. My computer is an HPMini notebook with Windows XP, but the problem persist on my HPPavilion with Vista, and my daugther's Eee with XP. When plugged in via USB, the disk drive appears on My Computer Folder as DVD RW Drive (F). When I insert a Video DVD it works ok (plays the movie fine). However, when a music CD, or a program disk is inserted, it reads the disk, but then the drive icon on the folder dissapears, and it keeps reading the disk without any action. The last time I used it, about 6 weeks ago, it read a program disk, loaded, and used the program ok. So its a new thing today. Any ideas how to solve it? Thanks.

A:ASUS optical drive not reading CD's

DVD / CDRW combination drives are notorious for one part of the function dying....they use two different lasers from what I have read, so they can partly be bad while the other function is still OK. There is no fix.

I don't know the age or warranty coverage, but check on that it may still be covered......

If it behaves the same on more than one PC it's shot.

You could check on the Windows features called Autoplay and try to set the default action, for example when a program disk (application) is put into the drive, I want X to happen (usually, either run or Open to view files and folders....

Vista= http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-AutoPlay-settings

lots of info on this>>> http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows7/search?q=autoplay+settings&prd=

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I was going to burn a DVD for a friend when I noticed my ASUS BW-12B1ST Optical Drive was no longer listed? It's always been there. Under "Driver & Tools" I see only "ASUS E-Green Utility Version 1.01.41" which I already have installed. When I open E-Green I get this error, "No ASUS Drive is Active!". I'm on Windows 7 64bit.

This is what I see in My Computer, only my SSD, HDD and Flash Drive. The BR Drive no longer shows?

I don't know when the drive vanished? I just installed ConvertXToDVD a minute ago, placed a DVD in to burn but ConvertXToDVD couldn't burn the video because there was no drive.

Please help as I just built this PC, my first. I have an SSD and a HDD, yesterday I woke up and everything on the HDD was wiped, nothing left. I don't know what the hell is going on but I'd really like to fix this BR Drive issue.

Maybe I erased something by mistake with CCleaner? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks!

A:My ASUS Optical Drive just vanished from Windows 7? Please help!

Reboot and go into the system BIOS - make sure it's listed there. If not, recheck/reconnect power and data cables, and see if it shows up in the BIOS at that point.

If it shows up there but not in Windows, that's a different set of steps, but we need to know the BIOS can see the drive first (because if it's not visible there, you will want to try new cables for power and/or data that are known-good, or replace the drive with a known-working one to test).

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Comp Specs: Gateway GT5644E desktop, Vista Home Premium 32-bit, AMD Athlon™64 X2 5000+, 64-bit dual core processor, Chipset: NVIDIA® GeForce® 6150SE, Installed: 3072 MB DDR2, 667 MHz, (PC2-5300), NVIDIA GeForce 8300GS, optical drive: DVD ±RW, 16X super multi-format dual layer drive.

ARGH! I was in the process of upgrading to Windows 7 and it stopped and told me that I needed to restart the computer for some reason I don't remember before it can proceed with installation and that nothing the installation did would be changed (so basically I was just restarting the computer because the install cancelled). I had the Windows 7 ISO disc in the drive and as it was preparing the restart, I opened it and took it out. It shut down then came back up and I have no CD/DVD drive! It won't load the drivers now. I can't even play a CD if I want to! No, I don't have any kind of external optical drive either and nor do I know anyone with one. The only programs I had to uninstall for Windows 7 were Adobe Encore Logitech Messenger (for my webcam). Also, I got a BSOD yesterday. It happened while I was moving files (just downloads, pictures, music, etc...) to my external HD.

Oh, here's the messages I have from device manager on the CV/DVD.


Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged.
(Code 19)
Click 'Check for solutions' to send data about... Read more

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I just had to restart my computer after a system-wide lock-up, and after I booted back up, the OS refused to see my WIRED laser mouse! It's never done this before, and now, after restarting AGAIN, I find it STILL won't find it, or even my back-up mouse! Does anyone know why this is?

A:Driver Detection Issue

Hello NFSRacer,

Unfortunately I have yet the need to use Safe Mode in Windows 8, so I am going to give you a link that gives instructions on how to...

How To Boot Into Safe Mode On Windows 8 (The Easy Way) - How-To Geek

I would like you to attempt to load Windows in Safe Mode to see if the mouse is recognized at that point.

Also, this is a USB mouse? Have you tried other USB ports?

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I have a sony vaio VGN-NR330E that I have just bought a new hard drive for (doing a fresh install of vista) and the internal optical drive spins up but won't boot off the cd, and after a blinking cursor says O/S not found, so i tried it on an external usb drive, and it didnt boot, same black screen followed by O/S not found. I tried booting from a knoppix live cd that worked on another computer and it wouldnt boot either. I have no idea of any what to do, since it wont boot off of an external HDD internal optical drive, external optical drive, and any help is greatly appreciated.

A:sony vaio vgn-nr330E won't boot to any external drive, or internal optical drive

What are the current boot options...as set in your BIOS?


If not listed as the first boot option...it's unlikely that the system would boot from either drive.


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Good morning ... Just bought a brand new Dell XPS 7760 27" All-In-One. These machines come with NO built-in optical drive. So, I purchased the Dell DW316 External Optical Drive to use for playback of CDs and DVDs as well as to install devices (such as a printer) by way of the Installation Discs. Two weeks into this new desktop PC and I still cannot get a DVD to play. I've tried everything I can think of, to no avail. I did manage to get an audio CD to play but have had ZERO luck getting a DVD to play. Am extremely frustrated with this and ready to send this whole thing back to Dell. I was under the impression that the Dell DW316 External Optical Drive was a "plug and play" device and thought I would be able to play CDs and DVDs via this device. Apparently I was wrong.
That brings me to this question ... does ANYONE know how to get this Dell External Optical Drive (DW316) to work?? I did get it to play a CD (audio disc) but NOT DVDs. I am losing my patience with this machine.
Many thanks for your help in advance. ... CWFan2

A:External Optical Drive??

Hi CWFan2,
Thank you for writing to the Dell Community Forum.
Could you please test the optical with a bootable DVD and test it outside the OS. If it does not read and the disc works fine on other system, there could be a problem with the external optical drive itself and needs to be replaced. Also request you to please test this optical drive on another system and check if it works fine.
Kindly get back if there are any further queries.
For me to better assist in troubleshooting, please click my DELL-username and send me a Private Message with the Dell Service Tag number and your email address.

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Good morning ... Just bought a brand new Dell XPS 7760 27" All-In-One. These machines come with NO built-in optical drive. So, I purchased the Dell DW316 External Optical Drive to use for playback of CDs and DVDs as well as to install devices (such as a printer) by way of the Installation Discs. Two weeks into this new desktop PC and I still cannot get a DVD to play. I've tried everything I can think of, to no avail. I did manage to get an audio CD to play but have had ZERO luck getting a DVD to play. Am extremely frustrated with this and ready to send this whole thing back to Dell. I was under the impression that the Dell DW316 External Optical Drive was a "plug and play" device and thought I would be able to play CDs and DVDs via this device. Apparently I was wrong.
That brings me to this question ... does ANYONE know how to get this Dell External Optical Drive (DW316) to work?? I did get it to play a CD (audio disc) but NOT DVDs. I am losing my patience with this machine.
Many thanks for your help in advance. ... CWFan2
PLEASE NOTE: I cross-posted this with the "VIDEO" Section because of not being sure if it should be posted in Video or in Hardware. Or, both.

A:External Optical Drive??

You really don't need an external cd/dvd drive. Installation disks are a thing of the past now. Install disks are always outdated by the time they are made. Installation of printers and other plug and play hardware is handled by windows and the latest drivers--especially for printers-- are online at the support sites and is always up to date. Note--You do need to get the latest drivers for printers at their support sites
I'm surprised you didn't know that Video DVDs cannot be played on windows 10 anymore without  a separate video player program. That has been well publicized since win 8. Most video is streaming online now. Even playing music--which still is available in win 10 on cd/dvd--is easier with the Groove music app which plays your music files and also online music and purchased music.  
Forgot to mention that there is also a Movies and TV app that will play downloaded purchased movies and tv but not movie dvds which need a separate player.

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I've tried to format some CD-RW discs with an external optical drive connected to my Vista computer via USB. The process fails about half way through, every time I attempt it.

I've tried the same discs in another computer with Vista and a internal optical drive...it works fine there.

Am I attempting something that is not possible on an external USB connection???

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This might be the wrong place, but I'm having an issue. I'm attempting to use an external optical drive to install a very large flight simulator from 8 different installation discs. I go through the first two, but on attempting to run the third, I ran into my issue. The optical drive just appears to shut down mid-read, and there aren't any notifications or pop-ups that occur when this happens. The light on the drive just shuts off and it stops spinning. I don't want to attempt to change any of the drivers for the drive because I'm still technically mid-installation

The drivers are up to date and it isn't getting hot. I'll take help I can get. Thank you.

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im looking to buy a 2011/12 mac mini. there is no optical drive [cd/dvd] . will any brand like samsung for example work with this computer .or do i have to buy the Apple Macbookair Super Drive??
same question for external hard drive. or stuck with the time capsule option?? tanx!

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Hello, I'm trying to boot a Linux-based OS from an external optical drive. Using the UEFI boot options menu, I've set the boot order so that the regular OS boot manager appears last, but I still cannot get the other OS to boot. I have the external drive connected by a cord to the USB port on the notebook. Legacy boot is disabled, boot from CD/DVD is enabled, secure boot is enabled. The external drive is working-- in fact, its light blinks when I restart the computer. The DVD works on my desktop too. Here's what I've been doing: Restart the computer. Hit 'esc', then 'F9'. At this point it only gives me two options, but both are for the Windows OS. It doesn't even list "internal drive", "external drive", or "USB" at this point. Agh. Please help. Thank you.

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I have a Toshiba hard drive that used to work perfectly. I have a lot of things stored on it and I got a larger HD so I wanted to transfer everything. I plugged my old HD into my laptop and to the other 5 computers in the household and they all detect the new hardware but it doesn't show up under My Computer on any of the computers that I've tried. It shows up under my Device Manager but not under Disk Management. I tried to change the letter assigned to it for the drive but under my Device Manager it shows up as a Mass Storage Device. If I could format it I wouldn't want to because of all the extremely precious things that are stored on it. Please someone help me! I don't know what to do. I'm running Windows XP.. the HD is in a separate USB casing. I'm at my wits end! Help!

A:External Hard Drive Detection Problem

Sorry, just to reconfirm.
You have tried 5 different computers and none of them detect it properly, is that correct?
If so, then just unscrew the external casing and plug the Sata drive internally, into one of the other computers (as a slave or secondary drive) then boot up the computer and hopefully Windows detects a new mass storage drive

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Hi all, I have a Dell Inspiron 1525 laptop. Its optical drive has gone bad, and won't play any discs whatsoever.. it will just keep on reading it, and ultimately throws the disc out.

Now, I want to reinstall the OS on the laptop via an installation disc. I have an external USB optical drive, and it works well otherwise... but, the problem is, that the laptop won't recognize it as a boot device.

It does not recognize it as a CD/DVD boot device, nor as a USB one. I have done the proper settings for the boot order in the BIOS... no go.

Any ideas on how to make the laptop recognize the external optical drive as boot device, and boot the disc from it?

A:Solved: How to boot from external optical drive

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The device didn't come with an optical drive, which I knew. So I bought an LG external optical drive (sb80nb60.) Iinstalled the software or came with - CyberLink media suite. Then I told it to play a movie inserted a DVD. I got an error stating, "CyberLink power media player does not support the playback of this media format." It is a store - bought DVD of atelevision series. VLC did not work and I'm not sure why. Windows media player didn't work either. How can I play DVDs on my computer?

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Hi, Probably the format of the DVD  is NOT a DVD format because TWO players rejected it ? What is it ? Can you try a normal DVD movie ? Regards.

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I have a CD/DVD/Blu-ray player that I pulled from my old laptop so I could use it in my current laptop which does not have an optical drive. I purchased a SATA cable to connect it to my new laptop via USB, but most times I plug it in, it does not work. By this I mean, I got it to burn audio files on a DVD-R (thought it was a CD-R), but have not got it to work since then, with DVDs or CDs (behaves the same). It does show up as drive (D:), but when I click on it, it does not do anything.

It consistently freezes Windows Media Player on startup of the program, and causes PowerISO to freeze upon selecting "Burn". When I go to Disk Management, it just perpetually reads loading virtual drives or something

All I am trying to do is burn my grandpa a CD of MP3s from an album I bought (Guns N' Roses Greatest Hits). Any help is much appreciated, please let me know if you need more information.

Here is what I know about the player:
It?s from a Toshiba laptop, I don't remember what model. The player model on the sticker says ?UJ141?, and it says the power supply is ?DC5V?, if that could be the issue

Here is the SATA cable I purchased:
Amazon.com: USB 2.0 to 7+6 13 Pin Slimline Slim SATA II Laptop CD/DVD Drive Adapter Cable: Computers Accessories

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I have looked around and around. I'm completely stumped.

I have a Lite-On external dvd combo burner. On the rear of the drive is the power connection, usb2.0 and l/r audio rca out jacks (red/white). Above where you connect the power cord is also a toggle on/off switch. During a move, this toggle snapped off. In the off position. I got to the card and the toggle switch is soldered to the card. No way to get in there (easily at least).

I haven't been able to find a replacement card and I'm reluctant to jam a paperclip (or whatever) in there wiggling it around and scratching up the card.

Any suggestions?

A:Power supply to external optical drive

Why not just short the switch with solder and unplug it to turn it off?

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I've connected a spare 2.5" sata optical drive in an enclosure to my Vista desktop via a sata cable direct to the motherboard. Power is from a 5v power connector on the
power supply.

Vista recognizes the drive, the device manager shows OK, however when I attempt to perform read or write functions from several different applications, I get errors after about 80% of the process is completed.

I've tried different disks, applications, etc. No success.

Am I missing something that needs to be set in Vista??????

A:External Optical Drive-Sata Connected

Hello and welcome, i was reading in a magazine , about how Sata cables are sometimes faulty. Do you have another cable to swap out with ?
Is Your SATA Cable Slowing Down Your Data Transfers? Max PC Investigates
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Hi Experts,

I have Latitude D505, Windows XP service pack 3. I have some questions please can some one help me.

1. There is a strange application which is running when I shut down, It prompts me that I end the application says "sample". I see the tasks there is nothing and my eye fail to get any thing from the process (looking for process, consuming cpu, strange ones etc) ..
So I have anyways have to clean my start up which takes so much time so I looked at MSCONFIG and removed all applications except anti virus, touch pad from start up. I still see this weird application.
Does any one know what this is and how to get rid of it.

2. Once I changed the startup, My task bar color is changed from blue to whitish, greyish ??(A light color ugly, I am color blind to specifically tell the color). How to correct this .

3. As part of my clean up, I read quite a few pages and removed all those services, I thought not required. Now I have this problem .. I cannot get any external HDD mapped to drive or even webcam.
However the harddrives gets mapped if I restart the laptop with USB HDD connected.
Need help to resolve this issue

Any help would be appreciated. Thanks you in Advance.


A:[SOLVED] External Drive, cam detection; task bar going grey

It sounds like you disabled some services that are required for Windows. You should only disable the items in Windows Startup tab.
Go to Start/Run and type appwiz.cpl and press enter. In the Add Remove Programs see if there is anything related to this program and uninstall it.
Then I would enable everything back in msconfig. Download and do a Full scan with malwarebytes. If you feel you are infected, please click on the link in my signature Virus/Malware Help and do as many of those steps as you can and skip those you can't and post in that section of the forum for more help.

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I've plugged this guy up to three different computers now, even my new one...and it doesn't show. Not in disk management, or anywhere...no signs of life.

Basically, I have to figure out any way I can get the info off of this thing, if there is a way.

Has anyone ran into the solution?

Thanks for any help.


Pentium 4
Windows xP
One Touch Family I USB

A:Maxtor One Touch External Hard Drive Detection

Have to start with the obvious...sorry...does it have a power on light that indicates the unit is on?

When you plug it in do you hear the "USB Tone" that indicates new hardware found?

Likewise, if you click on the "safely remove hardware" icon on the taskbar, is the device shown there?

Have you tried different USB cables?

Have you thought about exchanging it for a new one?

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Don't want to buy an expensive external optical drive so am trying to think of how to make a SATA or IDE internal optical drive into an external one for emergencies.

Anyone know if I can get adaptors for the power and data connections?

Have Googled but no luck.

Oops found some build ideas on Youtube - should have looked there first I suppose

A:Making an internal optical drive an external portable one

SATA IDE to USB HD DVD RW Converter Power Adapter Cable on eBay!

i have one of those, but i cant get it to work with an IDE drive though.

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I'll try to be brief.
1st, I didn't see a topic dealing exactly with my problem. So here goes.
I bought an Inspiron 15 laptop w/o an OS, and the optical drive didn't work. The seller made me aware of this and said I needed to buy an external optical drive to install Vista. He gave me the Vista install/repair disk (and the drivers disk).
While I was waiting for the optical drive to be delivered I loaded Ubuntu from a disk I had made. Don't ask me why the Linux disk would work using the internal drive but the Vista disk won't. Baffling.
So I recieved a new external optical drive and went to work on installing Vista over the Linux OS. I erased the Linux 1st. Then tried to install Vista, but no matter what I did (changing the boot order etc) the laptop doesn't "find" or "see"an OS to install. In other words I can't boot it up with the Vista OS disk using the external drive.
I can provide any details you may need. Fortunately I also have a desktop computer to work from.
Thanks in advance.

A:Laptop doesn't recognize external optical drive...

Things to check;
1. The Vista install disk is almost certainly a DVD disk.
2. The Linux disk is probably just an ordinary CD (you would know).
3. Modern ODDs have 2 lasers, one for DVD and one for CD.
4. It's possible for the DVD laser to fail, but the CD laser will work fine. This explains why the Linux CD would load, but the Vista disk won't.
5. So, since the internal ODD loaded the Linux disk, but not the Vista disk, then the DVD laser has failed on the internal ODD. If you replace the internal ODD with a new one, you should be good-to-go.
Now, regarding the external drive;
1. Is it a DVD drive? If not, it needs to be.
2. Is it externally powered, or does it get it's power from the USB port? It needs to be externally powered, because USB power is notoriously finicky for heavy load operations.
To summarize... the ODDs need to be DVD capable to load a Vista disk.

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OK, quick question. If an external optical drive (DVD writer) has no power button, would it be OK to just leave it on? Do optical drives go into some sort of sleep mode if its not accessing a disc? Does it continue to drain electricity if left on and idle?

A:Solved: External Optical Drive, No Power Button

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I recently bought a new DVD RW drive to replace my old one which had a burnt out laser. When I put in the drives I set up my secondary hard drive and my new drive as cable select and attached the master connector to the hard drive and the slave connector to the DVD. I booted the system and immediately got a boot error saying it couldn't locate either of the IDE drives. So, I spent the next hour or so trying every possible jumper combination setting and got the error no matter what upon boot. Finally I put them both back to CS and just skipped past the error because I was sick of messing with it. To my surprise, the drives showed up in My Computer and functioned but at a very very slow speed. I ran a PC Pitstop scan and it showed a drive speed of 2mb/sec which is really slow. So, clearly something isn't being detected properly. For some reason also, my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect" option to try to detect attached drives so in the BIOS it just has two unknown devices attached to the primary and slave IDE drives.

Any help would be much appreciated.... thanks !

A:Solved: IDE Hard Drive and CD drive detection issue

And the make and Model of your PC???????

my BIOS doesn't have any "auto-detect"Click to expand...

use "Load defaults"

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i have this old IBM thinkpad X30 that does not have a built in optical drive..so I tried to connect my Benq dvd-rewriter to it and the first time round it installed and ran ok...but after I rebooted the laptop, the dvd drive was recognised only as a USB storage device and not an optical drive. What could be the problem?

A:IBM Thinkpad without optical drive cannot recognise Benq external dvd-rewriter

Hi Elliah,

I'm no computer expert but I will try my best.

What is your operating system? And is your Benq dvd-rewriter compatible with that operating system?

Is "Benq dvd-rewriter" the exact name of your dvd rewriter? Or is it something like,
BenQ DW1670 DVD ReWriter?

I tried to find drivers for your dvd rewriter but I think I need more information.

I'm thinking this may be a driver problem, but I'm not sure.

When you plugged your dvd rewriter into your computer for the first time did your computer have to go online to find drivers for it? Or did it start working with drivers that came with your operating system?

Also you can try these steps if the above information didn't help.
1. disconnect your dvd rewriter from your computer
2. Locate your dvd rewriter driver in the Device Manager and Uninstall it.
3. Reboot your computer, plug in your dvd rewriter and see what happens.

I'll look up more information about this tomorrow, it's really late now sorry.

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I have an ASUS G50VT notebook that is 3 weeks old and I am running Vista Home Premium 64bit for my OS. My ODD was working jsut fine, now I can not read anything. In Explorer I can see the drive, but it does not read anything. I have unistalled the drive several times and rebooted, but did not work, I have also tried to edit the registry, but lower filters and upper filters are not listed to delete. After reading some other forums and also talking to Geek Squad they all said that my drive is bad and needs to be replaced.

With that thought in mind I have an older external NEC dvd burner that I hooked up to my new computer and the nc does the same thing with this drive, but when I hook it up to my old notebook (dell inspiron 1150 using XP) it works fine. This leads me to believe that possibly my problem is with Vista, but I do not know what to do. Can anyone help me please.

Thank You

A:Internal optical drive nor external NEC dvd burner functioning with new notebook

Gene have a look in Device Manager at your dvd drive and if it mentions Code 39 (under the General tab) have a look here,

PC Hell: How to Fix Error Code 39 with DVD or CD-ROM drive in Windows XP/Vista

If it lists something other than Code 39, please post back what it says.

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I think my optical does not work. What way is the quickest to assertain this?

A:optical drive issue

Can it read/ write CD/DVDs?

Check Device Manager for red/yellow flags -
START | type devmgmt.msc

Look at CD/DVD ROM drives specifically.

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I've got my SATA cable connected properly and the cables from the PSU ( don't know the name ) are connected properly.
Even though everything is connected properly, I can't get my Optical Drive to start ( the Drive still opens and the light is still green when I open it but the Disc is not showing up in my Computer section )

I'm trying to install the Drivers for my new graphics card via the CD that came with GPU but since it's not responding there is nothing I can do.

Any help is appreciated.


A:Issue with Optical Drive

it is BEST to install the drivers from the card manufacturer's website, rather than use the CD . The drivers from the website ARE ALMOST ALWAYS more current than the CD's that are shipped with the cards. If you advise us the Make and model of your card we can show you where to DL the drivers from.

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Hello guys.
I have a small issue with a drive being detected from within my PC that works from an external caddie.
For a few years i have had two drives inside my system. C drive and F drive. I recently removed both drives when i went off to India for a few weeks for security reasons. Today i find the F drive is not showing up. It is listed under "Show hidden hardware" in the profiles. I opened up the PC and swapped the ribbon cables around and rebooted. It started to install new hardware and stated it had installed it because i seen the name of the installed hardware (The F drive) yet it was still not listed in "My Computer" alongside the C drive. I then removed it an placed in in an external caddie and booted again. I got the same install message ( I had uninstalled the driver prior just in case) and it installed from the caddie and works.
I can not run it from there because i have two other drives that need to be listed for my Music Studio when it scans for files needed to open past and present work that uses files located on those drives my name. The issue can not be the cables as they both run C drive internally. 
I will try again later to install it from inside the PC as my main slave drive but it seems null. The issue may be software based or configuration based. But so far , i am mystified by this issue. 
Any ideas?
Thanks in advance.

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upgraded to windows 10 and lost my drivers. can anyone post a link please?

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A:need driver for optical drive ts-h493b

I don't have a direct solution for you, but do have some tips.  Some of the older HP optical drives did not have drivers on the bootable install DVDs for them, and others did.  Some had drivers on the HP-supplied restore disc/partition, but not on the Microsoft install CD/DVD.  If you got lucky you never saw this issue, but a workaround was to flash update the firmware of the drive (if HP had an updater available) and that would usually take care of things.  I even saw this issue on a Z620's HP optical drive that could not run the W7Pro64 "system builder" DVD bought straight from Microsoft. I had one type of older HP optical drive that did not have a firmware updater from HP, but did from Dell.  I learned how to "cross flash" the firmware and the drive then ran with the Dell firmware and finally could be used with Windows 7.  It could not with the HP firmware, but that optical drive did work fine on XP.  Cross flashing was quite the exercise. There is no HP FW update that I can see for your optical drive, but Lenovo and Dell do have one for the same drive.  It might be worth looking into, and I'd go with the Dell firmware for cross flashing, but it really is not worth the effort you'll have to put in learning about that.  My advice is different: Go on eBay and find a "used" HP optical drive and buy that.  The later versions have higher part numbers, as you'll see.  Get something tha... Read more

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Recently, I tried to use the Optical CD/DVD Drive to play a CD, but every time I insert a CD, the drive itself will read it, but the computer won't recognize it. I ended up going to the Device Manager and can't find the Optical Drive!
I was using this a few weeks ago and it worked fine (this was after a Windows 8.1 update).

I'm not sure how I can make my laptop recognize the Optical drive.
I would assume I'm missing a drive, but I can't seem to find it on the Lenovo Driver page.

I have a Lenovo G505 Series Laptop running Windows 8.1 64-bit.

Any help or leads? I would really like to have my CD/DVD Drive working again

A:Missing Optical Drive Driver?(Win 8.1)

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I just switched to a new power supply (600W) and video card (Radeon 6870), and my system won't boot. When there isn't a disc in my optical drive it says "NTLDR is missing. Ctrl+Alt+Del to restart." When I have my windows disc in it tells me to insert my system disc and hit enter. Hitting enter does not work. The optical drive never spins.

I have 2 HDD, 1 SATA and 1 IDE. The SATA is the slave, and the BIOS recognizes it. The IDE is the master, and it shares its IDE cord with the optical drive.

-The BIOS never recognizes the IDE master HDD.
-When the power is unplugged from the IDE master HDD, the optical drive works and I can boot the Windows disc.

Any help will be much appreciated.

A:HDD/optical drive bootup issue

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I'm having issues with my internal optical drive on my g50-80 laptop.I need a replacement one but I don't know what optical drives are compatible with my laptop. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

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Hello, I need help with my HP laptop, here's my issue: My optical drive is working some of the time, but most of the time it's not recognised by Windows. In device manager it's shows up as it should when all is well, but when it's not working I have to select the 'show hidden divices' option in device manager to see the drive. In the drive properties it shows the Device Status as: "Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer. (Code 45)" The drive is always shown in the bios settings, where it is set as the primary boot device, but again most of time it will not try to boot. The HP diagnostice software has never recognised the device. I also have a dual boot with Linux where the drive is also not functioning properly. I hope someone can help. Thanks

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Hi my optical drive has an on off switch.

If I try to switch it off I get this message:

"..Problem ejecting standard dual channel PCI IDE controller" and then advises that I need to close the program that is using the PCI controller.

If I right click in the systems tray - safely remove hardware - there is an option to eject the "standard dual channel PCI IDE controller"

If I do eject that, will it mean that when I re-boot the optical drive will no longer be recognized by windows? THought id ask before trying it.

The reason why I would like to turn it off is because it is hardly used and I am sure that it just drains the battery. Thanks

A:Optical drive issue - cant turn off, always on

Hi there, you cant disable and ide controller

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hello forum members
i bought Asus Sata DVDRW Model: DRW1814BLT
my win xp doesn't recognize the drive,
my motherboard is Albatron PX865PEC Pro (latest firmware)
i also updated the intel chipset, and it doesn't help

i have 3 ide drives
primary master - WD 60GB
primary slave - WD 120GB
secondary master - NEC 3550A

in the bios i see the asus drive, but still the xp won't recognize it

any suggestions?

A:SATA Optical Drive issue

you will need to install sata drivers for sata devices.

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I have an ASUS P6X58D-E MB with Realtek HD Audio connected to a Yamaha receiver in a pass through config via Digital Optical out.

I was getting the PCM signal showing LF, RF & Sub icons on the receiver's LCD screen (2.1), and playing the front and sub speakers when the receiver was set to "Straight".

I recently tried connecting a shielded RCA video cable (which I read should work) to the Coaxial Digital out after reading some say coaxial produces a bit better sound.

I then switched the default device to Digital out vs Optical. I got no sound output this way. In hooking back up the optical cable and re-configuring the default device, I lost the Sub icon and 2.1 sound, it just shows and plays as stereo now.

I've read there is a workaround for this using the speaker configuration option in the Realtek HD panel, but the latest drivers want to install ASUS' version of the Realtek HD Audio Manager, which I can't find ANY speaker config settings in.

This is what my Realtek HD panel looks like now:

This is the Realtek HD Audio Manager GUI I used to see when updating drivers:

This is the thread I took the 2nd pic from, which has a claimed workaround for no 2.1 option in Realtek HD Audio Manager, but I see no way to use it with my ASUS control panel. The ASUS panel also seems buggy. When putting the cursor over the optical and coaxial output icons, they both show onscreen hints saying they're optical.

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A:Had 2.1 detection via Optical out and lost it.

I'm happy to report this was a mere settings adjustment on my receiver vs a Realtek HD Audio Manager or W7 software problem.

Turns out I had my front speakers set to Large, whereby the subwoofer channel was disabled. Setting the fronts to Small allows the sub channel to play.

I tried Large because the fronts are rated at 48Hz, and my friend's Pioneer receiver set the same exact speakers to Large after it auto calibrated, and his sub plays fine.

Just different receiver design I guess.

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I Want To Downgrade My Cousin's Notebook Ashpire 5710z Vista home basic to xp but its optical drive shows xp cd as an empty cd and wants to format it if i open it , tried it with another xp cd but same problem!! both these xp cds are working fine on my pc also same optical drive is playing dvd movie absolutely fine!! What's Happening?? Pls Help!! Thanks

A:Asphire 5710z Optical Drive Xp Issue!!

As a cynical person who hasn't much experience with pre-fabbed machines, maybe they don't want you to do such a thing yourself; they'd rather want you to pay one of their technicians to do it for you, heh.

Did you try booting the computer with the disc in the drive instead of Windows Explorer? Change the BIOS boot order so it'll read from the cd before the hard drive and try that way out.

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I'm doing a new OS install, using my the same Win7 64 install disk as before. I do have new drives, but they are just newer versions of my old drives (which died) - and they are pretty standard HP slim drives.

For some reason, the OS install will not complete. It's saying that an optical drive driver is missing, and wants me to install it manually.

these drives did NOT come with any driver cd, nor is there a driver available on the HP support site. They must be plug&play.

I'm dead in the water here. Any ideas?


A:OS INSTALL FAILS - Optical Drive Driver Missing! Huh?

Check this link for a possible solution:

Install Windows 7 FAST without a DVD or USB device

Another possibility here:

A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. (Unable to - Microsoft Answers

It suggests changing your disk controller from AHCI to IDE or ATA mode.

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I have a dell M5110 with a normal hard disk of 500GB. In order to speed up the machine I want to fit a 128 SSD (Pretec SATM128G-CMM) on which I want to do a clean Windows 7 install. As I want to have sufficient capacity to store all my files I want to install them both at the same time.
Unfortunately I'm unable to get Windows 7 to boot correctly from the SSD. Ay help would be very much appreciated.

1/ Using an adapter I installed the SSD in the optical drive bay.
(FYI: Replacing the 500GB disc by the SSD and fitting the 500GB disk in the optical drive bay is feasible, but requires surprisingly much effort)
2/ I downloaded Windows 7 ISO via the Microsoft service center => SW_DVD5_Win_Pro_7_64Bit_English_Full_MLF_X15

3/ As I have no optical station anymore; I "installed" the iso file on a USB key using the "Windows 7 USB DVD Download tool"
4/ I plugged the USB key in a USB 2.0 slot and started the install (language select > new install > select SSD > start install)
5/ Everything goes well until computer tries to reboot again after "completing installation";
Then I get an error "Windows Boot manager"; Windows failed to start. A recent hardware of software change might be the cause. If you want to fix the problem: ...
File: \windows\system32\winload.exe
status: 0xc000000e
info; the selected entry could not be loaded because the application is missing or corrupt."
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A:Issue installing Windows 7 on SSD in optical drive bay Dell M5110

Most options to convert optical drive port to HDD are for DATA drive only.

Check your Dell manual.

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 Recently, my optical drive on my t430 broke. I had an old drive that I salvaged from an old HP laptop, and I replaced it with that. The drive works, But there is a small issue. My boot time got INCREDIBLY slow. Not the windows boot, the POST screen. It's stuck on the screen with the Lenovo logo for over two minutes. it eventually boots, and as far as i can tell, windows is fine. is there a way to fix this?

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