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Driver for a Iomega CD-RW?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by cybertaz126, Apr 27, 2004.

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  1. cybertaz126

    cybertaz126 Thread Starter

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    Hey Everyone,

    I have a Iomega 16x10x40 CD-RW and can't seem to get it to work. I plugged it in the USB port and it finds it and asked for a driver. So I went to the web site and this is what they said:
    Drivers are not required to be downloaded. All necessary drivers are included in the OS, except for Windows 95/98. This means that your CD-RW drive will be detected as a CD-ROM drive, but you will NOT be able to burn CD's unless CD burning software is installed.

    Any Ideas?

    Preciate It,
    Cybertaz
     
  2. Elvandil

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    What OS do you have? What does Device Manager say about the drive?
     
  3. cybertaz126

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    I have Windows 98 and Device Manager has it under Other Devices and says USB CDRW6402EXT-B with a yellow explination mark.
     
  4. cybertaz126

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    No Ideas?
     
  5. JohnO28356

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    Well, it tells you that 95/98 do not have the drivers for your CD-RW. You say you have 98. Therefore you will have to install those drivers from the CD that came with the hardware or from the mfg website.
     
  6. cybertaz126

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    Sounds simple enough but do you know where i can find the right drivers. Unless i looked in the wrong place the site doesn't have it and i don't have a disk.
    Thanks,
    Cybertaz126
     
  7. JohnO28356

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    Just checked out the Iomega website, and I see what you mean. The site seems to contradict itself. The way I read it though, is that 98 should have drivers for the drive to work as a CDROM, but it will only work as a CDRW if you install burning software. I'd say email, or better yet, call, their tech support for clarification. Or, if you want to spend the money, upgrade to a new faster writer.
     
  8. cybertaz126

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    Yea, the site confused the heck outta me. But this CDRW is just a spare one for now. Awile back my other burner just all of a sudden quit workin' to. It don't recongize it at all.
    My computer is being a pain.
    Thanks,
    Cybertaz
     
  9. Elvandil

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    Depending on your motherboard, you may need updated USB drivers, too. VIA chipsets, for example, have a downloadable USB 2.0 driver.

    What motherboard do you have?

    For now, try updating that driver with the splotch. While connected to the internet, right-click it and choose "Update", if it is there. If not there, choose "Properties" and find where to begin the driver update. Your firewall may ask for permission for something like "Run a dll as an App" to access the internet. Give it permission. It is only the driver updater checking for updates from Microsoft. If they have a driver, it will be downloaded and installed.

    If not, then we will try to find you updated chipset drivers. This appears to be a matter of drivers from the appearance of the Device Manager.
     
  10. cybertaz126

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    Ok....i did that and it says do i want to install and run the file direct.b1. I installed it and it didn't do anything. Not sure what motherboard i have. All i can tell ya is I have a Compaq Presario. Any way to find out?
    Thanks man,
    Cybertaz126
     
  11. Elvandil

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    I'll look around. In the meantime, download and install the Aida32 system information tool. Under Motherboard, Motherboard, it may tell you what exact board you have.

    http://fileforum.betanews.com/download.php3?fid=1033800563

    (It is also useful for identifying a lot of other hardware without taking the case off.)

    I'll need a product number, like "Pavilion 7955" or similar, but there don't appaear to be any driver updates at Compaq.

    That drive will run on USB 1.1, anyway, so lack of support for 2.0 is probably not the problem.

    Here is a review by someone who really likes that drive. It tells everything except how to make it work:
    http://www.hardwarezone.com/articles/view.php?cid=10&id=349&pg=

    You could try right-clicking all the devices in Device Manager that have splotches, red or yellow (hopefully, you only have that one), and then rebooting so Windows can redetect the hardware. It may do better the second time around.

    If have your 98 CD, you could try popping that in, closing when it pops up, then going to Device Manager and clicking "Update" and having it check the CD drive for updated drivers. If the driver on your hard drive is corrupt, a new one will be loaded from the CD.
     
  12. JohnWill

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    With W98, you'll need the driver from the maker of the USB<->IDE controller in the external disk to make it go. I suppose drivers for W98 from a different brand might work, it depends on the specifics of the drive. I've connected several USB drives to W98, and they've all required their own drivers...
     
  13. Elvandil

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    Following johnwill's lead, here is a generic OnSpec USB to ATAPI and USB to IDE driver. Download, put it in its own folder, click it and it will extract the files into its containing folder. There is a doc file with an explanation of how to install.

    http://users.adelphia.net/~abraxas/dl/CRX100E2.EXE
     
  14. cybertaz126

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    Ok, i tried the OnSpec USB to ATAPI and USB to IDE driver and it didn't work. I'm pretty sure i did it right. I still wasn't sure about the motherboard but i think this is what you need, i think
    Motherboard ID : <DMI>
    Motherboard Name : Compaq Compaq PC
    Bus Type : Intel GTL+
    Thanks,
    Cybertaz126

    Ohh would a Win98 update do the same as a regular Win98 disk for locating the driver?
     
  15. Elvandil

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    That doesn't really narrow down your machine quite enough. What processor does it have and what speed (available in My Computer, Properties, or System Information)?

    Any other info that could make your board unique enough to identify would be helpful.
     
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