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Installation of SATA DVD RW drive.

I have physically installed a SATA DVD RW drive but so far I cannot see how to install it as a recognisable drive nor indeed how to install its driver.

The README instructions make no sense to me at all other than that they say "This DVD RW drive is designed to meet the CD-ROM reader part of the plug and play specifications of WinXP. If using the DVD RW drive in this environment, no driver installation is necessary for the read functionality."

My system details are:
Win XP
Athlon 2000 1600MHz
100Gb space on hard disk
Optiarc (Sony/NEC) Lightscribe SATA DVD RW drive

Please help me install my new Optiarc (Sony/NEC) Lightscribe SATA DVD RW drive.

Patrick
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PUNKYCommented:
There is no driver needed for install DVD drive, but yours system kinda old, so make sure the system board has sata port (version 1.1 or 2) to support that device. You should better have sata 2.0 PCI card addon system since the Sony DVD you want to install is fairly new (it could be 2.0). So to avoid unexpected issue, get the sata pci card.
If you dont want sata pci card, then check motherboard see if there is sata port available for the device.
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
PUNKY,
Thanks for your response. I need your help in translating what the manual for my system board means. It says the two SATA ports on it are for SATA 150 mode. How does that relate to the versions you have mentioned and how would it be best to proceed?
Physically everything fits together, and the light on the SATA drive lights up when the pc is first booted-up. After that nothing seems to affect it and it is not listed in the drives when I use Explore for example.
At one point my pc reported that it had some new MTS hardware installed but I could get it to do nothing more after that. I've had a look in the BIOS and there doesn't seem to be a switch of any sort that can get it to recognise the drive. In fact I've been through the BIOS settings several times and so failed to get it to do anything useful.
My system board is an Abit AT7-MAX2 - if that helps at all.
Patrick
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
Here's a link to my board:
http://www.digital-daily.com/motherboard/abit-at7max2/
From another link about the same board:
 http://www.testfreaks.com/motherboards/abit-at7-max2/
it says...
Serial ATA On board Marvel88i8030 Controller x 2 Support SATA data transfer rates 150 MB/s (1.5G bps)
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
My small bit of research on the matter (Wiki) states that SATA150 is the same and SATA1 - dunno if that helps at all.
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PUNKYCommented:
Patrick,
The SATA 150 is SATA 1, but the SATA 2 will backward compatible with it. Some SATA 2 will have jumper limit 150 to support, but nowaday I wont see it on newer SATA.
There are 2 sata 150 on board you have based specs, anyway you should make sure something here:
- DVDRW detected in bios correctly.
- I dont have your board, so I dont know there is setting (normal in advanced option) to enable the sata native mode. But please check that.
- Check for update any drivers from motherboard website, and install chipset drivers for the motherboard.
 
Manual:
http://www.uabit.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=48&page=6&category=5&subcategory=254&model=1&product_name=AT7-MAX2
Drivers:
 http://www.uabit.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=32&Itemid=48&page=4&category=5&subcategory=254&model=1&product_name=AT7-MAX2
The DVD RW you want install might have issue on old type of the board, I suggest that to get sata pci 2.0 card that would help to save a lot of time trouble shooting. Also, on old board, sata ports are not working really good, you can test it out with sata hard drive if you have one around.
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
PUNKY,
Thanks for that. I still have the manual so it was only after having discovered that the board had 2 SATA ports, that I decided to buy the SATA DVD drive. However the manual provides very little information about the SATA ports other than to say that they are SATA150 types. I have a suspicion that the SATA ports were originally there for RAID drives - which I don't have. In fact I only have IDE hard drives, so I can't test whether the SATA ports are working OK. All I do know is that the SATA DVD drive lights up when the pc is first booted up - indicating to me that the port is alive and most probably well.
I read elsewhere that the SATA pci boards also assume that they are going to be used for RAID arrays. Thus to use them the BIOS needs to be flashed to get it to recognise a single SATA drive. The whole procedure looked very involved and not a little daunting. I have this gut feeling that I will spend more and more on this whole project and still not get it to work.
Any further thoughts on the matter?
Patrick
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
Here's the link to the info about SATA pci cards and flashing the BIOS:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/f7/sata-dvd-recording-issues-optiarc-ad-7201s-251283/
 
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
PUNKY,
I have placed an order for a SATA pci card and am now looking forward to installing it and getting the SATA DVD drive working.
Thanks for your help in this matter.
Patrick
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PUNKYCommented:
I have a bit research your mobo and found that sata ports on that board is not really good, glad you buy the sata pci card. Those sata ports are very begin state when manufacturing to push out the sata on board.
Also, make sure the card you buy is not raid card .... just simple the sata card and that is good enough for your case, in my opinion.
Good luck.
Regards.
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
PUNKY,
I'm surprised that my mobo/BIOS couldn't be reprogged to cope with just one SATA device, but maybe it wouldn't be worth the trouble if it's a poor performing port - as you report.
I've bought the Silicon Image chipset board which I understand can be programmed to cope with one independant SATA channel. No doubt my naivety in believing what I read will catch up with me.
I believe I'll need your wishes of good luck.
Patrick
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patrickabAuthor Commented:
PUNKY,
Just to let you know that I received the PCI SATA card today. Other than running their mini CD and physically installing the card I did nothing to get it working - amazing. Since then the SATA DVD RW drive has been busy burning data backup disks.
Again, thanks for your help.
Patrick
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PUNKYCommented:
Thank you for letting me know. So it is sata ports onboard problem.
Regards.
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