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Windows Explorer freezes with new DVD-RW drive

I have a custom built PC with a Pioneer DVR-106D drive and an Intel D845PEBT2 board. It's a new clean install of Win XP Pro SP 2.

When I put a disk in the drive Windows Explorer freezes in "My Computer" As soon as I eject the disk, Win Explorer goes back to normal. I have tried many different disks so as to rule out that it could just be any given disk that was the problem.

I have updated the bios to the newest on the board and the latest firmware on the DVD drive.  I pulled the drive from an AMD socket A box and the drive worked flawlessly for over a year on that machine.  

The event log says:
"The driver detected a controller error on \Device\CdRom0."

There are two hard drives, primary master and slave and the DVD drive is secondary master, jumpers seem to check out ok. I also tried deleting the drive from device manager and restarting for the computer to re-find the hardware but this did not work either. I also tried starting with the secondary hard drive detached, that did not work.

Any ideas how to solve this problem?

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Just for kicks, remove the 2nd hard drive and try the pioneer burner as a primary slave and see what happens.  You've looked at most of the obvious things, correctly, and one has to wonder at this point if the motherboard might have a problem with the secondary IDE port.

Also, if you have not done so, try a different IDE cable.
danomaticAuthor Commented:
ok, thanks, I will try both.  I was also thinking there is a MoBo problem.  It's a fairly low end 478 board anyway. I think I will also try a different optical drive in the machine as well, just thought of that.
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danomaticAuthor Commented:
Reset CMOS? will try...
Is it just DVD's you're having trouble with or CD's as well? I assume you installed windows from this DVD drive. Can you boot from the windows CD?
danomaticAuthor Commented:
I flashed the 106 firmware back 2 versions and that fixed it.  Went from 1.08 to 1.06.  

I had to first use:

then I did:

For future people who may have the same problem here is the firmware link:

danomaticAuthor Commented:
NOTE for above: Flash firmware at your own risk.
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