Optical Drives not working correctly in XP SP3
Posted on 2010-01-10
I recently attempted to replace a failed Memorex DVDRW drive in my Gigabyte 81945GZME Mobo based computer ("MyGiga") running under Win XP SP3. The Memorex drive operated nicely for a couple of years and then one day just quit reading/writing DVD's. I confirmed this by swapping it with a like Memorex drive in another computer. Ok so far so good. The Memorex had been configured as a slave on the Primary IDE connector. (MyGiga has only one IDE connector and 4 SATA 2 connectors). I replaced the failed drive with a Samsung SATA DVD+RW unit. It turned out that this drive would not read CD's or DVD's after booting into Windows. However it would burn DVD's with no problem. I confirmed that the Samsung drive was not defective by swapping it with a Sony SATA DVD+RW drive which was known to be good on another computer. The Samsung ran fine on the other computer, but the Sony exhibited the same behavior as the Samsung had done on MyGiga.
I then removed the Sony drive from MyGiga and installed a Samsung CD-ROM drive as a slave on the Primary IDE. The CD drive was correctly detected by XP, appearing in My Computer and showing up in the Device Manager. However, it was not able to read a CD. I received the message:
"Windows cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could be using a format that is not compatible with windows"
I can boot MyGiga from all optical drives and I am able to burn DVD's, so I do not suspect defective components. I have tried the registry hack wherein the Upper and Lower Filters Keys are deleted from HKLM_ SYSTEM/CurrentControlSet/Control/Class/...E325-11CE-BFc1...10318 . This had no effect. I would like to avoid reinstalling XP if at all possible and am hoping that the experts will be able to help me restore MyGiga to correct operation.