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Optical drive often won't read DVD data disks

  1. #11


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    Windows 8.1


    Good feedback and good alternative testing strategy too! Good luck and let us know.

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  2. #12


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    There are no BIOS updates listed at all for Win8. And I thought I had put the latest Win7 one in. However, on checking, I found a new version was released just over 4 weeks ago. So I've installed that along with the Win7 chipset.

    I haven't given it a long enough trial, but on three test starts from power off at mains, everything worked. Too early to celebrate, but here's hoping.
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  3. #13


    Posts : 2,191
    Windows 8.1


    Fingers crossed for you!
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  4. #14


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    So far so good, but I wanted to know if it was the Win7 chipset or the updated BIOS which made the difference. So I reloaded a pristine Acronis image of the OS which meant it now had the latest BIOS, but not the chipset. The same problems kept occurring, so I installed the Win7 Chipset and so far no problems.

    So it seems the chipset solved the problem. Even so, the BIOS update served a good purpose because it did seem to run appreciably faster once it was installed. I'll continue to test it for a few more days yet before showing the thread as solved.

    UPDATE:
    Everything working OK so consider solved by:

    • Updating BIOS
    • Installing Chipset for Win7


    Thanks to all for your input.
    Last edited by Mustang; 19 Sep 2013 at 08:11.
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  5. #15


    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I have an ASUS DRW-24B1ST Sata DVD Burner in my Media Machine, when I installed it under Windows 7, it would read well enough but it would burn coasters on a regular basis. I was getting ready to toss it out, but then I installed Windows 8, and it has been burning successful DVDs and CDs ever since.

    Did your Optical Drive come with the OS you have installed now, or did you add it in later? Usually most DVD drives will be detected and installed properly during a fresh Windows install. Sometimes, when you change out an Optical drive, the system may still have the drivers or whatever for the old one still in the system. Now, I usually remove the device and it's drivers (From the Management Console/Device Manager) if I am changing out my Optical Drives. and when I put the new Drive in, Windows pulls out the drivers for the new device, either from cached install files or from the Net.

    One thing I have noticed, with drives like Lite-On, is that when there is a Firmware Revision available, they stop working well. You can usually find the latest firmware for a wide variety of drives here:

    The Firmware Page • Index page

    And there is a request area to request firmware for your model.

    There actually is a Firmware Revision for my Asus drive, and I downloaded it, but it does not detect my Sata drive - It's looking for an IDE/PATA drive. I assume the drive I have was made originally as an IDE drive - Or, it came from an OEM system and the firmware may be on the Driver's page for that system, whatever it is or was.

    If you have an OEM system, the best thing to do is go to your Drivers page on the OEM website and look for any Optical Drive Firmware Revisions they have available- You will have to know exactly which drive you have. I use Aida64 to tell me what my model number is, there are other programs like Speccy that may give you this info. Otherwise, you have to open the box or and physically inspect the drive and write down any numbers that are on the drive.

    After reading through the other responses on this topic, I have to add, Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 - it doesn't matter. The Firmware revision is for the Device, not the OS. You can install the firmware revision from any OS and it will detect properly on any other OS. They are little EXE packages that upgrade the firmware of the device, so the only limitation would be if the OS will actually run the EXE file, which Windows 8 usually will do.

    So if you find a Firmware Revision for your drive, and you are concerned about the file itself being compatible with windows 8, you can use Hiren's Boot CD and Mini-Xp which is on that CD to run the executable from there. If it does not need to pull up any System drivers or files, it should work.
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  6. #16


    Australia
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    Windows 7 Ult Reatil & Win 8 Pro OEM


    @XweAponX Thanks for that very informative post. Nice to know exactly what's going on and Firmware page noted.

    Cheers M
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