AMD Athlon XP 2800
1028mb RAM DDR
Pioneer DVR-106D burner
Cables2go brand IDE to USB adapter
IOGEAR GUH284r powered usb hub/card reader
I have a homebuilt PC in my basement that I operate from the kitchen. I would like to have a DVD burner accessible from the kitchen, but there is only one usb line accessible for everything usb, so I have to use a hub. XP recognizes my drive as a burner, but my burns fail at the very end (why can't they fail at the beginning and save me time?!). I have tried nero and cyberpower powerproducer and both fail, nero tells me error code e0ff000c, the other tells me nothing other than it didn't work.
The burner is an internal that i tried to recycle by using the usb/ide adapter, and it will burn just fine if i take it downstairs and connect directly to the computer (via the usb adapter), so I suspect the hub. Does anyone know of a DVD burner that will work over a hub, or a different hub that will work?
USB puts out 5v max, and a DVD burner connects to a 12v Molex connecter - I don't think your burner will be able to get enough power even from a powered USB hub.
Er, what? External DVD writers all have external PSUs, because the drives tend to require 5V and 12V at 2A, i.e. 34W PSUs, much more than USB's 2.5W. Unless this was a slimline drive (which the DVR-106C is not) in which case there are a *few* which can power off USB only.
Just try any premium brand hub with it (worth a try) or buy a PCI USB card and wire it to that. Remember USB has a maximum cable range of 5m (I think), anything more than that with high-data rates and you may start losing integrity and generating errors.
So try updating firmware, etc. the stuff suggested there. As it stands, it looks like you are doing absolutely nothing wrong. But personally, I would never attach a DVD writer to a hub just because of all the signals flying around and being repeated, errors on a 'mission critical' burn (I mean, data must be 100% perfect or it's no good) just aren't worth it.
thanks for that link, i hadn't run across it on my own. yes, it is an internal being used externally, the adapter came with a cable with a molex on one end and an ac adapter on the other, so it just plugs directly into the wall.
I'm well aware of what he's doing and they all come with their own power supply because an internal optical drive uses a molex which has 4 pins, 2 ground (black), 12V (yellow) and 5V (red). Even if USB could provide enough 5V power, it wouldn't provide 12V. So it is clearly not self-powering from the hub or attempting to.
No it wasn't correct, it's people who post incorrect information which 'upsets me so much'. This whole issue is not a power concern which you implied it was, all you'll end up doing is confusing the original poster. A 4-pin Molex connection is 12V + 5V, this DVD writer is not self-powered so even if he is using an unpowered hub it makes no odds.
But it is now clear that this is not a power issue as the power is not being provided from the hub. That was the point I was trying to make. You are right, what you said was true but it could easily be misconstrued as suggesting this was a power issue. If the DVD burner was not provided with a 12V supply it wouldn't even start.