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Replacing DVD drive on R04

I had the problem where my recorder kept "preparing" the discs and ruining them. From searching around on the internet, I thought I needed a new drive. I purchased a Liteon 411 (used-- since they are no longer made), plugged the new drive in with the two connectors in the back (the ribbon one and power source connector), and now all I get on the DVD player is "hello". It won't go to the main screen or anything. Did I not install the new drive properly, do I have a bad replacement drive, or is the problem bigger than that?

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Could be you have been double-crossed by the used drive. Installation is pretty easy as the data and power cables are both keyed (check the pins on the drives data cable connector to make sure they are not bent). Only other thing I can suggest on the replacement drive is to make sure it set to "MASTER".

I suppose you could try another drive just to confirm that the issue is in the replacement. WalMart sells an internal 22x LITEON DVD Writer for $39, Bar Code 44149 00406 (others may not be IDE) that you can test or permanently repair with.

To test, unplug your ilo and simply:

1.Setthe new 22x drive to MASTER (comes set as slave out of box, see theirdocumentation or the drives cover switch legend markings).

Note: If you want to test using a pre-recorded commercial DVD you will need to do step 2 and first install it in a PC. You can, however, test a blank DVD+R at this point by just connecting the cables.

2. If you wish to play commercial DVD's in your ilo, you must first install this DVD writer in a PCand play part of a studio recorded commercial DVD. This will set the units Region Code.If you don't do this, the drive will not play commercial DVD's (it willnot start or it will lock after copyright screens). If you don't wishto play commercial DVD's in your player, you don't have to do thisstep... it will play DVD's it creates just fine without it.

3. Take off the top of the ilo and move the flat data cable and the power connector to the new 22x drive.

4.Re-test all your issues. If your problems go away then you need the newdrive. If not, the only other user action I can think of short ofmaking sure all the cables are tight is to reload the firmware(http://www.ilohelp.com./download2.htm) but that assumes you can get past "hello" which sounds like you may not be able to do.


The new 22x drive can be installed in the ilo and, with some work,look just like the original from the outside. Some other posts also sayyou can open a hole in the top or back cover for the cables to exit andjust leave the new drive on top of the ilo. Not crazy about that optionbut up to you.

Hope this helps. Good luck!

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