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Old 07-13-2005, 07:57 AM   #1 (permalink)
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My Sony DVD-ROM drive stopped working last week, which I'm pretty sure was as a result of coins being in there that messed with the reader. Don't even ask, I have a 2-year old son Anyway, I bought a new one, which I thought was exactly the same one as I made sure to get one with the exact same model number. So it arrived today and looks pretty much exactly the same except it is ever so slightly longer and has a different model number. Apart from that though, it looks exactly the same so I would have thought I'd have no issues with compatibility.

I put the new one in and connected it up etc but when booting up I got 3 beeps and an error message something like "AUTI incompatible". Might not have been that exact message but it was something along those lines. I put this new one in the same way as the old one was, which was by connecting the DC input to it and the interface connector to it. Do I have to get into the BIOS to change something? Or is there a chance this DVD drive simply ISN'T compatible? Seems ridiculous to me but I've had so many problems with this computer it wouldn't suprise me. All help much appreciated.
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Old 07-13-2005, 08:08 AM   #2 (permalink)
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do you know how to set jumpers?

make sure, if you have 2 drives on one cable, that one is set to master, and one slave.
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yeah, in addition to what apokalipse said the message you would have recieved would have been something along the lines of "***** ***** drive ATAPI incompatable" the stars just define where the drive is located. make sure that the ide cable is attached the correct way. the red wire on the ribbon cable should be nearest the power cable. try running autodetect in the BIOS
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On the old drive ther is a small piece of plastic and prongs set into the slave position. On the new drive that same piece of plastic and prongs is set to the master position. I haven't done anything to the cables, they remain exactly the same as when I took the old one out. Should I move the small piece on the new drive to the slave position? Not sure if this will do anything, because that part of the drive was not plugged into anything anyway.
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yes, move it to slave. that plastic thing is a jumper, it has a metal contact over it to short the pins
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yes if the old one was a slave for the new one to work in the same manner it will need to be set as a slave. post back if it works. if it doesn't well obviously post back with any new info
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Moved it to the slave, all is well now.

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