No you can use either a SATA or PATA drive. You need a program to actually listen to or view the content. VLC is an excellent free video software and WinAmp is a good free audio/video software. Windows Media Player will also play both. Check this out, explains DVD decoding http://www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/using/setup/expert/b...
Try one of the following:
1. Right click on a media file on your mp3 player and then Click Open With Windows Media Player, make sure that you uncheck the box that says to always open files of this type with WMP. If you get a message that WMP cannot open the file it means that it does not have the right Codec to read the files. If this happens, try VLC, it reads most media files. I believe, at least at one time, some players used a proprietary codec but if it's a mp3 player, then the stored files should be mp3
2. Run a media player program, e.g., WMP or VLC, Click Open, usually on the File Menu, go to the mp3 location and Clckc on the File(s) you want to play.
The NEC failed when i attempted to burn a cd. So I assumed it just died from overuse so i bought the Asus.
I don't think i even used any firmware for the NEC, only software i installed with it was the nero bundle and that was about it. As for the registry, how would i go about to check?
Firmware is actually software that is part of the drive itself. Go to the ASUS web site and find the firmware for your particular drive and there should be directions for flashing. Be sure you have the firm ware for your particular drive and follow the flashing directions exactly
I am having a very similar problem with my HP DVD740i (PATA/IDE interface). Device mgr claims the device is working fine. But I cannot boot a Windows XP install CD on the drive, and when I try to use the drive for watching a movie or whatever, I get a message such as Media Not Present. It's as if the drive doesn't detect the disk, or there's a wire to the Mobo that isn't getting the media present signal across.
Mobo is an Intel D955XBK, O/S is Win MCE 2K5, with all critical MSFT updates to about a month ago. But since I can't even boot the MCE 2K5 install CD, I don't think it's a software problem.
The problem started some time this year (sorry - I don't use the drive all that often).
If I can, I will try the drive in a different computer, and try a different drive in this one, to narrow down the search for the problem. It's just a pain to disassemble the computer to the point I can remove the drive.
Gent: you may be onto something. This does smack of a DRM DoS to the optical drive. And it won't be limited to X64 either. That would put the problem well outta my league. Be careful of your updates, if it doesn't apply to you, DON'T load them!
Other than that, go into bios and check the BOOT SEQUENCE and set it to optical drive as first choice (if ATAPI select CD-ROM... if SATA check BOOT FROM SATA or OPTICAL DRIVE or CD-ROM) Make sure the floppy or the usb is NOT first boot. I believe the DEFAULT setting is still Floppy first, sometimes upgrades or SP releases to M$ Windows (especially SECURITY types) will cause this the BOOT SEQUENCE TO RESET TO DEFAULT (Floppy first).
Thanks for the guidance. I had a very similar problem to the original poster. I tried booting from my XP MCE CD, and the computer ignored that and booted from the hard drive. I then plugged in a spare CD player and put the XP MCE CD in that, and the computer booted from that just fine. So either it's (almost definitely) a hardware problem, or maybe it's some kind of rootkit I haven't heard of.
Question: Is there any possibility that there is some rootkit that would "filter" one of the drives but not the other?
I'll try the errant drive on another computer and see what happens. I know it's not a FW problem because the latest is installed. Either way, I'm off to buy a replacement DVD drive.
If one thinks its a rootkit, just boot using the original floppy/CD.
Personally I don't think its a rootkit. And there is a post under the "general" topics of this section that deals with this problem. The answer is either reload the nvidia/ati drivers or delete the drive as you did. This is a known issue with Xp and Vista. BTW: The error codes may also include 19 or 39.