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    Default LG dvd drive won't boot suse11 DVD

    Hi all,
    this problem appeared recently, a few weeks ago. My LG GSA-H50N optical drive won't boot the suse11 bootable dvd. The dvd works fine. I tested it on other systems. I suspect a drive issue since the dvd is cannot be seen or accessed even under XP (dual boot system, XP/Suse11). A google search returned similar problems on LG drives, nut no working solution. I tried removing the filters under XP (Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs) and got nothing.

    Any help is greatly appreciated.

    Thanks,
    zuze11

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    Default Re: LG dvd drive won't boot suse11 DVD

    If it's a hardware issue, then really the solution is to replace it.

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    Exclamation Re: LG dvd drive won't boot suse11 DVD

    I hear ya Ken. That's the perennial plan B. However, I wonder if it is not just a question of resetting the drive in some way. You see I can still write CDs and DVDs with it, even access other non-bootable media. The problem really started when I switched from 10.3 to 11. All of a sudden, no more booting from DVDs. It boots just fine from CDs though. This is how I managed to install suse11 with the liveCD.

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    Default Re: LG dvd drive won't boot suse11 DVD

    Have you tried other bootable DVDs to make sure it's not a bad DVD? When you are cold booting, what OS you have on the HD doesn't come into it at all.

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    Default Re: LG dvd drive won't boot suse11 DVD

    yes I tried other bootable DVD's. They didn't work either. In fact I can't even boot the old suse10.3 DVD anymore, and that one used to work no problem. All these DVDs work on other machines.

    This is why I am wondering if the drive settings got inadvertently altered at some time.

    I tried every single jumper setting possible without getting it to boot from a DVD.

    The machine is dual-boot XP-SP2/Suse11, mobo asus m2n-e, athlon x2 5200+, 8G ram. 2 sata hd's, one for windows and one for suse.

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    Default Re: LG dvd drive won't boot suse11 DVD

    No, hardware sometimes does odd things like that. I had a DVD drive which stopped reading DVD-R but would still read DVD+R ok. They may have been using different lasers. I also have in my collection a DVD drive that won't read CDs but handles DVDs just fine. Again probably different lasers.

    However you might want to check if there any settings in the BIOS that might have changed. I have no idea what since I can't think of a BIOS setting that would say ok to boot from CD but not from DVD.

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    Default Re: LG dvd drive won't boot suse11 DVD

    On doubt: replace the drive, they're only around € 20 / $ 20. Spending more than an hour on a drive that doesn't boot any bootable media is a waste of time. Even if you manage to find out the hdparms to send to the drive, the memory of the drive might be corrupt (happens) and on reboot, to boot into the bootable media, the needed settings would be lost, so....
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    Default Re: LG dvd drive won't boot suse11 DVD

    I am leaning towards getting a sata optical drive. This problem is really frustrating cause the drive is only a couple of years old. All bios settings are correct and I don't want to flash a new bios. This will just open a whole new can of worms.

    I'll take a look at what can be done with the hdparms. Meanwhile, can anyone recommend a good and sturdy sata optical drive? Knurpht we seem to be using similar systems (except for the overclocking). What you got?

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    Default Re: LG dvd drive won't boot suse11 DVD

    I am using a Pioneer SATA DVD drive and I'm quite satisfied with it.

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    You could always try to flash the firmware as a last resort. This might work like a reset.
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