FAQ for all DVD/CD Drive Models

Connecting / Installing your drive

NOTE: This page describes about how to Connect or Install a RICOH DVD/CD drive. For the details please consult with your manuals or the distributor.
 

Can I connect my drive to my PC?

Each product announces its system requirements on its specifications page. You can find the link on The Drive information page.
 

How can I check to see if the connection has been made properly?

For Internal ATAPI models
1. You can connect an ATAPI drive as a Primary Slave, Secondary Master, or Secondary Slave if the connection point is free. You have to check the followings before making the connection.
  • [Jumper Pin setting]:Set the pin to designate the device as a master or slave. Do not use the CSEL option. When you are going to connect two IDE devices on one IDE line, one has to be the master and the other has to be the slave.
  • [IDE cable]:Ensure that both ends of the ATAPI cable are properly connected. One end must be connected to the IDE slot on the motherboard, and the other end to the ATAPI interface of the drive. And check to see if there are any bent pins on the connectors. If you have problems, try another cable.
    If your ATAPI cable is the rounded slim type without shielding, try to use any ordinary flat ribbon cable. An un-shielded cable may cause problems.
  • *Generally an un-shielded cable may do less to protect against noise than an ordinary flat ribbon cable. So there is a possibility that the following problems may occur.
  • Cannot boot from the drive
  • Cannot read any CDs
  • [IDE connector]:Ensure that the connector is fully seated. Most ATAPI cables are marked with a red line to indicated the position of pin 1. Ensure that the connector orientation is correct.
  • [IDE cable length]:A cable should be no more than 18 inches (457 mm) in length to meet IDE standards. The shorter, the better.

2.If the drive is properly connected, you can find it under the Windows OS by:
  • [Windows 95/98/Me]:Control Panel, System, Device Manager, CD-ROM. The drive should appear when you double click the CD-ROM icon.
  • [Windows NT Workstation 4.0]:Control Panel, SCSI Adapter, Device, and IDE Controller.
  • [Windows 2000 Pro]:Control Panel, System, Hardware and Device Manager.
  • [Windows XP]:My Computer, Right button click to Properties, Hardware, and Device Manager.

In all cases, it is normal that the drive is recognized as a DVD/CD-ROM drive by the Windows OS.

 
For Internal SCSI models
1.Check to see if the SCSI host adapter and drive are correctly installed as follows.
  • [SCSI cable]:Ensure that both ends of the SCSI cable are properly connected. One end must be connected to the SCSI slot on the SCSI host adapter and the other end to the SCSI interface of the drive. And check to see if there are any bent pins on the connectors. If you have any problems, try another cable.
  • [SCSI connector]:Ensure that the connector is fully seated. Most SCSI cables are marked with a red line to indicated the position of pin1. Ensure that the connector orientation is correct.
  • [SCSI cable length]:A cable should be no more than 6 m in length to meet the SCSI-1 Standards. But it us best to use as short cable as possible.
  • [SCSI ID]for each SCSI device: As a SCSI device the drive can be connected at unique SCSI IDs from 0 to 7 on the SCSI line. But most SCSI host adapters are set as ID 7 as the factory setting. Actually, the drive can be set at any ID from 0 to 6 with jumper pins. For details on how to make this setting, refer your user's manual.
  • [Terminator]:You have to terminate at the end of the SCSI line. When your drive is at the end, set the jumper pin at the termination point.

2. Check to see if the SCSI host adapter is correctly recognized under the Windows OS as follows. If an '!', '?', or 'X' mark appears at the left of the SCSI host adapter, consult your SCSI host adapter manual or the card supplier about installation, first.
  • [Windows 95/98/Me]: Control Panel, System, Device Manager, SCSI Controller, SCSI Adapter
  • [Windows NT Workstation 4.0]:Control Panel, SCSI Adapter, Device, SCSI Controller.
  • [Windows 2000 Pro]:Control Panel, System, Hardware, Device Manager, SCSI Controller.
  • [Windows XP]:My Computer, Right button click to Properties, Hardware, and Device Manager, SCSI Controller.

3. If the drive is properly connected you can find it under Windows OS from:
  • [Windows 95/98/Me]:Control Panel, System, Device Manager, CD-ROM
  • [Windows NT Workstation 4.0]:Control Panel, SCSI Adapter, Device, SCSI Controller.
  • [Windows 2000 Pro]:Control Panel, System, Hardware, Device Manager.
  • [Windows XP]:My Computer, Right button click to Properties, Hardware, and Device Manager.

In all cases, it is normal that the drive is recognized as a DVD/CD-ROM drive by the Windows OS.
 

What is required to use the drive?

[For reading under the Windows OS] :Just connect the PC properly, and the drive should be recognized automatically as a DVD/CD-ROM drive if the drive is compatible with the OS. Since the drive uses the standard Windows CD-ROM driver. We do not supply any specific driver for reading.

[For writing] :Writing software that supports both your OS and the drive is required. Checkherealso.

[For DVD-Video Creation] :Please click here.

[For DVD-Video playback] :It is the DVD playback software that supports both your OS and the Video Chip on your Video card. Further information can be obtained from the supplier.

 

I want to use my ATAPI drive as an External unit. Can I use an external box with an IDE/USB converter available on the market, for example?

Each drive is designed to be used just as it is stipulated on the box. We do not provide any support for using an external box with a converter.
 

I am going to buy a new ATAPI cable to connect a new ATAPI drive. Is there anything I should be aware of before purchase a cable?

Two kinds of ATAPI interface cables are popular on the market.
One is a cable that supports ATA 33 with a 40 pin (40 wire) connector, the other type of cable supports ATA 66, ATA 100 with a 40 pin (80 wire) connector.

The RICOH ATAPI drive will work either of them. If you are going to connect both the drive and another device on one ATAPI cable, it is better to choose the 40 pin cable with 80 wires. We also recommend using the cable following the ATAPI Standards, especially using a cable under 50 cm in length, which will help to avoid unexpected problems.
 

After I connect the drive to my PC, my Floppy disk drive changed into a Removable disk, not the A:\ Drive.

It may be that a cable or a power connector for the Floppy disk drive came off when you connected the drive.
Please check to see that the power connector and the cable are fully seated.
 

Can I connect the drive using an extension ATA card?

We do not support using the drive connected via an ATA card. Please connect the drive using an IDE connector on the motherboard. In addition, some motherboards have four IDE connectors rather than two. In that case, we would recommend connecting the drive using IDE-1 or IDE-2. For details consult the manual or the manufacturer.
 

Is it necessary to connect the audio cable that comes with the drive?

The audio cable is for playback of the audio CD. Writing or digital audio extraction does not require an audio cable.

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