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SATA DVD writers read but won't write

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May 2, 2009 9:59:53 PM

I've just replaced a failing IDE type DVD/CD writer with a SATA writer and it is reading CD's & DVD's properly but not burning either. I've tried two different brands of burners (1st an LG and now a Samsung SH-S223Q with FW-SB03) so I don't think it is a problem with the drives and a few different brands of blank media. I've gone through the BIOS and the SATA ports are activated. In the device mgr under the NVIDIA nFoce4 ADMA controller under the primary channel tab it shows the transfer mode as serial ATA generation 1-1.5G. My HDD's are SATA in RAID 0 and work fine. BTW the SATA port that the burner is plugged in to does not have RAID activated. I'm stumped, any help would be appreciated!

Thanks,
Jack
a b G Storage
May 4, 2009 4:03:41 AM

what program are you using to burn?

what errors do you get?
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May 4, 2009 2:08:48 PM

Communication failure.
I'm using an older version of Nero (6).
a b G Storage
May 4, 2009 6:52:15 PM

can you try the built in windows one? that version came out way before your sata burner maybe its just the software

alternatively try new version of nero if available.
May 4, 2009 7:12:07 PM

yea try a free burning program like finalburn just to see if it is nero 6 is causing the issue. i mean i don't think that version would even have support for SATA drives
May 4, 2009 9:07:29 PM

I just installed and tried burning with Nero 8 and still no luck.
May 5, 2009 4:14:32 PM

hmmm.....maybe try another SATA cable?

is the burner on a separate SATA controller from your RAID? maybe the RAID is active too much interrupting the burner.
a b G Storage
May 5, 2009 8:08:36 PM

my computer-->right click on drive-->properties-->recording tab-->make sure box is checked to enable recording.
May 5, 2009 10:12:49 PM

aford10 said:
my computer-->right click on drive-->properties-->recording tab-->make sure box is checked to enable recording.


It's checked. Going to try a different cable and port.
May 5, 2009 11:49:44 PM

SATA 1 does not properly support Optical drives. SATA 2 is required for full Optical support
May 6, 2009 12:47:05 AM

mbscomp said:
SATA 1 does not properly support Optical drives. SATA 2 is required for full Optical support


I believe you are mistaken.
a b G Storage
May 6, 2009 7:03:51 PM

there was alot of problems with sata burners and chipsets for the first 6monthes or so after they were available.

it is possible.
May 6, 2009 7:07:05 PM

jaquestraw said:
I believe you are mistaken.


As a oem reseller this is a issue that I have seen numerous times. The SATA 1 spec does not support optical drives. SATA optical drives did not appear on the market until SATA II was released.
a b G Storage
May 6, 2009 8:06:34 PM

what motherboard are you using?
+1 @ mbscomp
It does sound like an interface issue. Though, SATA 1 obviously supports the opticals because they do play dvd's. It's just not burning.
May 6, 2009 8:36:15 PM

aford10 said:
what motherboard are you using?
+1 @ mbscomp
It does sound like an interface issue. Though, SATA 1 obviously supports the opticals because they do play dvd's. It's just not burning.


The MOBO is a DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D which uses an Nvidia controller and driver. I'm sure that the driver is not the latest release but I am wary of updating it because my HDD's are SATA (Gen 2 3G by the way, as shown in the device mgr) in RAID 0. The BIOS shows all 4 SATA ports enabled, 1&2 RAID enabled, 3&4 RAID is disabled.
May 6, 2009 8:52:34 PM

mbscomp said:
As a oem reseller this is a issue that I have seen numerous times. The SATA 1 spec does not support optical drives. SATA optical drives did not appear on the market until SATA II was released.


The transfer mode in the controller properties shows SATA Gen 1-1.5 G because the burst transfer rate of the optical drive is 1.5 G. The MOBO is 2nd gen capable. Transfer mode for my HDD's is SATA Gen 2-3G.
a b G Storage
May 7, 2009 1:26:45 AM

jaquestraw said:
The MOBO is a DFI LANPARTY UT nF4 Ultra-D which uses an Nvidia controller and driver. I'm sure that the driver is not the latest release but I am wary of updating it because my HDD's are SATA (Gen 2 3G by the way, as shown in the device mgr) in RAID 0. The BIOS shows all 4 SATA ports enabled, 1&2 RAID enabled, 3&4 RAID is disabled.


That is what I was getting at. The SATA ports on the board are SATA II, which IS supporting the opticals.
May 7, 2009 12:24:59 PM

why would there be issues with burners on SATA 1 in the first place? SATA 1 is a faster than IDE
a b G Storage
May 7, 2009 12:35:01 PM

It's not always about speed. There is usually bugs that have to be worked out when new technology comes out.
May 16, 2009 12:13:10 AM

pls read your mobo manual... my mobo has this
notice: do not fold SATA cable into 90-degree angle.
otherwise loss of data may occur during transmission.

so, check your cable.


-blue alien
a b G Storage
May 16, 2009 12:17:16 AM

Why would anyone fold their SATA cable?
May 16, 2009 12:51:30 AM

Thanks, cable is not folded.
a b G Storage
May 16, 2009 1:35:56 AM

blue alien said:
pls read your mobo manual... my mobo has this
notice: do not fold SATA cable into 90-degree angle.
otherwise loss of data may occur during transmission.

so, check your cable.


-blue alien


Lol, congratulations on your first post dude.
May 16, 2009 3:04:54 PM

aford10 said:
Lol, congratulations on your first post dude.




Not intentionally folding it perhaps hehehe
obstructions may fold the cable
I'm kinda justifying here... :D 

anyways, at least i made you laugh?

(but really it was a notice on my MSI mobo manual)
!