NEC 4550A DVD burner in Coolmax enclosure can't run on Inspiron 5150

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I have Coolmax 5.25" USB/Firewire enclosure which I have so far used
only for 2.5 hard drives on my Inspiron 5150. Everything worked
beautifully till days ago I put in my new internal NEC ND-4550A DVD

The DVD burner inside the enclosure will show as "Removable Disk" under
My Computer. With DVD-RW media loaded when I click on "Removable Disk"
icon, it will ask, ""The disk in drive G is not formatted. Do you want
to format it now?" When I choose OK, the next message will tell me,
"The disk can not be formatted.". Also with the above setup, the DVD
burner cant be recognized by neither Nero or Alcohol 120%. In short,
the NEC DVD burner just does not run on Inspiron 5150.

I am using Phoenix BIOS A01 that comes with my Inspiron 5150. I am
using the Coolmax enclosure via Fireware interface.

I talked with Inspiron users at Dell forum. The problem does not seem
to an old BIOS problem. I have read the BIOS releases notes for
Inspiron 5150, but so far the notes did not specifically indicate that
higher versions of BIOS would have better support for external
peripherals such as DVD burner.

Can anyone kindly advise what might be causing the problem? What should
I start investigation with?

Thanks for advising.

====Hardware mentioned in this post====
- Coolmax Enclosure (CD-510B-U2F) USB/FIREWIRE 3.5"/5.25" IDE TO USB

- NEC ND-4550A DVD Burner

====System Info====
- Dell Inspiron 5150
- BIOS: Phoenix A01
- Windows XP Pro SP2
- Coolmax Enclosure USB/FIREWIRE 3.5"/5.25"

Re: NEC 4550A DVD burner in Coolmax enclosure can't run on Inspiron 5150 wrote:
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Is a driver loaded for the burner?  The fact that it is seen as a
removeable drive indicates that the a suitable driver has not been
loaded.  It should install as a DVD drive although it might not be
installed specifically as an NEC 4550A.  For example, XP SP2 installs my
external NEC3550A as "PI-109 1394/USB20 Drive IEEE SBP2 Device" in
DVD/CD-ROM Devices.

You must run this with the external power adapter.  Even if there is a
full size six conductor Firewire port on the laptop, there is no
guarantee that it is powered or has enough power for the burner.

As an external device not connected to the PCI bus, no jumpers are


Re: NEC 4550A DVD burner in Coolmax enclosure can't run on Inspiron 5150


Aha, the driver - may be the likely cause of the problem.
But I don't quite get how the driver was installed in your scenario.
NEC ND4550A I have is the bulk with no driver software. When I put the
burner in enclosure,Windows XP SP2 didn't tell me like it usually does
"New Hardware was install...", but Windows did show the burner as
Removable Drive under My Computer.

Can you kindly clarify how to get the driver installed?

Re: NEC 4550A DVD burner in Coolmax enclosure can't run on Inspiron 5150

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Ahem, mumble, mumble....  I do recall getting a driver disk with the
enclosure but none with the 3550a, but *if* I remember correctly, XP
SP1, at the time, loaded the driver I referenced when I first connected
the enclosure with drive in it via USB.  I then used the iLink (4
conductor, unpowered Firewire) connection without any difficulty.

What might be going on is that XP 'sees' the enclosure first and you
already had a removable hard drive associated with it.  You might
reconnect the enclosure with DVD drive and uninstall all of the
references to it as a removable drive in Device Manager, shut down,
disconnect the drive, reboot, and then see if XP finds the enclosure
with the correct driver. [I think my recollection is correct since I've
used the external drive on I think four XP computers without any
difficulty in burning single-layer DVDs.]


Re: NEC 4550A DVD burner in Coolmax enclosure can't run on Inspiron 5150

On 27 Oct 2005 21:50:04 -0700, wrote:

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How is the drive jumpered?  I'd jumper it to master and see what

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