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Problem with DVD-ROM drive in XP Home

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by coderitr, Oct 12, 2003.

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  1. coderitr

    coderitr Thread Starter

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    Hi everyone. I posted this in this group because I'm convinced this is a problem with XP and not the hardware itself. (It worked fine until I started using XP.) This system is one I've built myself and everthing works wonderfully except as listed below.

    Ever since I started using XP home i have not been able to use my DVD-ROM drive. It is a Sony 16X drive with RealMagic Hollywood+ hardware decoder card. Occasionally it will work and I will be able to watch a movie or whatever but then I'll stop the movie and go do something else and when I come back XP does not even recognize there's a disc in the drive. Very annoying. My system specs are as follows:

    P4 2.8 gHz
    256 MB RAM (PC2700)
    Serial-ATA 120GB drive (rocks!!!)
    52x CDRW
    16X DVDROM
    RealMagic Hollywood+ DVD decoder installed (PCI)

    When I installed the driver for the decoder card, XP told me that I was not digitally signed even though the manufacturer's web site lists it as working with XP.

    Also, can anyone tell me how I can use Windows Media Player with this drive because the RealMagic software chews!

    Thanks in advance.
     
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  3. coderitr

    coderitr Thread Starter

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    Yes, I have seen that article and downloaded the latest driver from sigmadesigns. I am not getting any error message from the system when I attempt to play a dvd. When I try to browse the disc with windows explorer, it prompts me to insert a disc into the drive. The strangest part about it is the intermittency. Occasionally it will work but most times it doesn't.

    Thanks for the suggestion anyway.
     
  4. Dan O

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    I had a simular problem with an ACE CD burner, which refused to work in a PC. I purchased another brand (Link Bus) and it worked immediatlely without any problems. I placed the ACE CD burner into another PC and it worked immediatlely. Conclusion, sometimes a device is just not compatible with the other components within a PC, and you have to try another.
     
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    I reached pretty much the same conclusion. I just wanted to see what everyone else thought before I gave up on it.

    Thanks for the input
     
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