Liteon DVDRW DH-20a4P08C Not being recognized by XP

By charismatic_bore ·
This has been driving me crazy for 3 days now and I can't figure it out!

I have a Dell Dimension E521. It came with a DVD-Rom and a CDRW drive. I recently purchased the liteon DVDRW drive and stuck it in place of my regular DVDROM. The new drive is IDE so i had to get a IDE to Sata convertor for it, I have it all hooked up and it's not being recognized by my computer. I have it set to master. It is getting power I just can't get my computer to recognize it.

THe only thing I can think of (and I've googled this but can't find anything related) is that the IDE spot on the drive came missing one of the tiny prongs. Can that render the drive unusable or is that something that is more minor and I can use it anyway?

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If the missing header pin is on the bottom row

by OH Smeg Moderator In reply to Liteon DVDRW DH-20a4P08C ...

Of the IDE Header Strip very close to the middle then it's not supposed to be there. There should be 39 Pins in the IDE Connector.

What is far more likely is that the IDE to SATA Adapter is not making the connection correctly. When you replace a SATA Drive with anything else you may run into compatibility issues with any hardware that you chose to use. I would say replace the IDE Drive with a SATA Drive. They have faster Data Transfer anyway so from that prospective they are better. If you must use this IDE Drive connect it to a IDE Lead.


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okay now it's recognizing it as a dvd-ram instead of rw

by charismatic_bore In reply to If the missing header pin ...

I finally got it to show up but I still can't burn anything. in my computer it shows up as DVD-RAM. Any ideas?

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Most modern drives are DVD-RAM ...

by OldER Mycroft In reply to okay now it's recognizing ...

So if it is showing up as DVD-RAM, that is normal.

Your problem may be that you are assuming DVD burning to be a default capability of XP, like CD burning is. It's not.

You'll have to install a DVD burning program like NERO (or one of the other burning engines). Then you should be OK.

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