This will be kind of a sketchy but here goes:
Quadruple boot (Knoppix, win98, Suse and WinXP under grub) AMD64 system with one SATA disk and one IDE drive and a Lite-on SOHW-1673 DVD/cd/RW burner.
Grub, WIN98, Knoppix, SuSe, reside on IDE, XP resides on SATA. Boots normally from IDE and in normal use (read after re-asigning booting through BIOS) from the SATA drive directly into XP.
This weird configuration is historically grown from my old student computer and some upgrading. Well ... everybody needs to tinker with something... Worked perfectly for a year and a half.
: during a WinXP session with Nero I also had a memory absorbing graphical proces running. So my burn failed. No biggy, one lost cd-recordable.
After this the drive doesn't recognize any media under windows. It blinks and spins up but WinXP reports no disk.
However booting a live version cd or reading Linux disks from one of the linux OS-es still works. Can't burn from them though
. KB3 doesn't recognize media and forcing it results in errors (have log but I think it's drive related not driveR or software/OS related). Under Linux also no recognition of windows/Dos Data-cdroms.
-flashed the firmware of the lite-on under Win XP. Worked.Flashtool reports upgrade so does cdrdao.
-Did the whole DMA check (no PIO mode I think its called) under system properties.
-deinstalled the drive and IDE 2 where the Lite-on is master (no other on IDE2) and rebooted: no succes
My first question would be: Why can a linux livedistro still boot from the Lite-on but a bootable WinXP installation disk does not.
So I guess my problem is partly filesystem related.
I have this sneaky suspicion that somehow there's some kind of cache in the Lite-on that's clogged or something for lack of a better word.
Since the drivers used are totally different under Linux and Win it must be drive related . But frankly I'm out of ideas.
Suggestions are very welcome. This has been bugging me.
Buying a new drive would be easiest but curiosity is preventing me.
Thanks for (any)replies.