The other day I bought and installed a new Zopen 48X12X40 CR-RW. At first the problems were many:
- Each time I booted up or closed down, the system would send dozens of "pip" signals through my speakers (52 at boot-up)
- My multimedia programs ceased to function (Winamp, WinMedia Player, MusicMatch...). When commanded to play either a WAV, MID or MP3 they began momentarily (2-3 seconds) and then immediately stalled with no further sound nor function
- System sounds no longer worked (Startup, error, shutdown, etc)
- Probably unrelated, but... The "48X" writer refuses to write at any speed faster than 12X (via Nero 5.9). The hardware does feature a "new technology" called JUSTSPEED that "optimises the recording speed of the drive in order to get the best quality for the produced CD"
I took my entire system back to the supplier, who informed me that nothing was wrong with the Aopen unit, and that the fault must be within my OS (Win XP Pro). An improvement, I guess, on his first statement - "your system specs aren't high enough".(I run a PII-400MMX with 384MB RAM, but the box specs suggest Pii-350 or higher with at least 32MB).
I went home again and have since, suspecting an IRQ conflict maybe... I then tried the following:
- Uninstalled, then reinstalled updated versions of all aftermarket multimedia programs
- Checked through Device Manager to ensure no duplication or errors
- Disabled all TSRs, rebooted, and attempted to access soundcard via multimedia programs to no avail
- Uninstalled every piece of hardware I could on my PC before rebooting (and reactivating).
- swore at the PC a couple of times to attempt to show it who was boss
At some point the first problem (the "pips) went away, but the multimedia programs still refuse to respond.
Before I pull all of my hair out, can anybody out there please enlighten me as to what may be causing these problems. It appears that the Aopen device is culpable in all of this because the problems started immediately after its installation (the problems remain even if I take this out and reinstall the old CD-ROM).
Many thanks in advance (sorry so long).