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AOpen Drive DSW1812PL-11

I have a Dell 530S, with an AOpen DSW1812PL-11 DV D-RW drive plugged in. And computer does not recognize that drive, so it is not functional.

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  • latif719 Mar 06, 2008

    Thanks for responding.

    No, it does not eject. And it is a new drive, and was added in addition to the original drive, which does not write to DVDs.

  • latif719 Mar 07, 2008

    Thanks for the suggestion. I have put it on a separate power cord. It does eject via the front power button--but it always could do that.



    And as far as I can see, the Device Manager still does not recognize any drives except those belonging to the Dell.

  • latif719 Mar 10, 2008

    Dear ezzedly--



    I greatly appreciate your responsiveness. And I feel quite sure that your last advice is on the right track. But I'm old, and out of my technological depth about how to do things. So I am simply going to put it back in the hands of where I bought it, and let him fixit.

    Thanks again,



    Latif719

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    Tygh Duval May 11, 2010


    • Does the drive eject?

    • Is this a recently installed drive?

    • If so, did it take the place of an old drive or was it added in addition to the old drive(s)?

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Optical drives should eject (via their front panel eject button) whether there's even a data cable connected or not. If yours is not ejecting, that makes me question it's power connection. Try plugging the drive into a different power connector (preferably on a set of wires that doesn't already have a device on it, if possible).

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    Tygh Duval Mar 07, 2008

    The next thing to check (with the system off) is what the master/slave settings are on the existing drive and the new drive. Both drives should have a jumper on the back, near where the IDE data cable plugs in. There should be three settings: CS (Cable Select), MA (Master), and SL (Slave). To work properly, I would set the old drive to "Master" and the new drive to "Slave" by moving the jumper to the appropriate set of pins.

    If the system still doesn't recognize the drive, it's possible the BIOS is not set to even look for a new drive. Most BIOS' have the options of "None" (it won't even look for a drive), "Auto" (it will automatically detect it), and "User" (the user sets the type of drive and parameters). If you can get into the BIOS, set all of the IDE channels to "Auto" and save your changes. Let me know if this is necessary and I can help get you there.

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