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Sony DRU-510A DVD Burner problems

Discussion in 'DVD / Blu-ray drives' started by mpuwal, Mar 21, 2005.

  1. mpuwal

    mpuwal Member

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    I have looked everywhere in the forums to find the answer to my question and I could not find it anywhere. So I ask of your help. I have a Sony DRU-510A DVD +- RW and in Device Manager Under Primary IDE Devices/Advanced Settings/Device 1 it says for "Current Transfer Mode" PIO Only. But in the drop down box it says DMA if available. How do I get DMA in Current Transfer Mode? I am running Windows XP Pro SP2. Please help!!!!
     
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    What you want to do is uninstall your primary ide channel, then re-boot. Windows will automatically hook it back up and it "should" go to Ultra Dma 5 or so.
    Also check your secondary ide channel,you may have to do the same thing,and reboot.

    If you get 5 or 6 burn errors in a row, windows will transfer the controller/s to pio as a safety.

    Good Luck
     
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    Ive tried that already and it still defaults to PIO Only. Could it be somewhere in my Bios? Or the jumper on the back of my DVD Burner?
     
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    How do you have your burner set: cable select/master/or slave?

    Have you ever burned any cd's or dvd's on this sony drive?
     
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    IMHO, if you recenty bought it, return it to the store and get a Plextor drive. I had the DRU-500A and had nothing but problems with it. It was sent back once to the factory for problems similar to yours PLUS it only read DVDs and couldn't read/burn CDRs. I bought 4 different brands of media thinking that it was fussy about what blanks it was given until I realized that the unit was defective.
    The unit was returned to me "repaired" by Sony and lasted another 2 months and then finally died altogether. By that time, it was 3 weeks out of warranty. I ended up sending Sony a nasty letter about their lack of support (more to get it off my chest than to get any action. I read a reveiw in PC World magazine on the Plextor drive (mine was one of the first 12x drives). I picked one up for $150 at Best Buy and it's been the best drive - no problems at all and have burned happily ever since.
    From other discussions I have seen, Sony's reputation is going down the tubes especially since they have farmed out the production of their products to other Asian countries - no longer made in Japan.
    Just my opinion, of course.
    Jeff
     

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