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Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2001 - 4:06 am:   

My Ricoh MP9060A CDR/RW/DVD combo drive is working
ok with a disk inserted but if it is closed when
empty the drive activity light comes on and stays
on. The drive then will not open except when I
shutdown and use a paperclip to manualy open it.

The motherboard is an ABIT BE6 with a 40GB IBM
Deskstar hard drive on IDE3 as master and the
Ricoh drive on IDE1 as master.
The OS is Windows 98SE
Posted on Sunday, October 21, 2001 - 10:45 pm:   

It sounds like that drive may be bad. The easy answer is "try it on another PC".

One suggestion I would make is that you should always make your primary (bootable) hard drive the master on the "first" ide channel. If you have a PCI IDE controller card, and you want to use the hard drive on that, I'd suggest that you try making the CDR the master on the secondary onboard IDE.

HTH, Good luck.
Posted on Tuesday, October 23, 2001 - 1:31 am:   

Thanks for the reply Dave, I was being hopefull
that there was a fix I could apply in the way of
settings or connections but other people have said
that the drive may be faulty.

Fortunately it is still in the warranty period
so i am returning it to be repaired or replaced.

The hard drive is on IDE3 which is the connector
for the built in Ultra ATA/66 controller which
when in use becomes the "first" ide channel
Judy Middleton
Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 1:46 pm:   

my cdr/dvd light won't come on and it won't open up. What do I do? New at this!
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, November 24, 2001 - 4:06 pm:   

make sure the power connection to the drive is snug inside the system

for starters

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