Looks like the fact that j00k did an update on the f/w for the LTR-24102B might have cured the problem. Please note that a major F/W upgrade has been posted on the LiteON site recently... you may want to check it out and flash you system with this update to see if it does the job.
A bit of information on this F/W update follows:
File Info: 396KB 2001/11/21
1. Reduce failure rate when burning.
2. Fit for new hardware design.
3. The firmware can fit all 24X CD-RW
(Just do It !)
The link is as follows: http://www.liteonit.com.tw/english-load-firmware.htm
I just purchased this drive (RETAIL package) for $70US! Cannot beat that and all the reviews on this drive I read look great. However, the most important thing I see is that LiteON has a great support area and support updates for their product line.
I am sure there are some type of ATAPI identification / Power supply errors probably in the BIOS initialisation and Drive Closing / Media ID steps; hence a good attempt to fix this problem would be to upgrade the F/W to the latest version. Anyway, that would be the first question you would get from LiteOn's support group if you wanted to submit a Service Request ticket.
Good luck all.
Although the f/w 5S0F won't provide additional performance benefit (as proven by OC-Freak), I still decided to flash my non-tray-ejecting Lite-On burner hoping it will bring it back to normal working conditions when attached with the Pioneer 16X DVD. Flash went smooth. I shut down the computer and reattached the Pioneer as 2nd Master and set the Lite-On 24/10/40 as 2nd Slave. Powered back on and no sign of tray-ejection from the Lite-On. Booted into Windows just fine. Everything's fine except that the drive letters are mixed up but I changed it back to the way it was, no biggie.
I'm telling you guys, this is really strange. I certainly hope this problem won't return as it wasted half of my day messing around and experimenting. I also hope that Lite-On will increase their QC requirement as I'm not the only one with a problematic tray not closing.
In the end, it looks like I solved my tray-ejecting problem by moving the jumper on the LTR-24012B from Slave to Master. Used it as 2nd Master for a bit and powered back on again with the Lite-On set as 2nd Slave attached to my Pioneer DVD.
If this problem happens again. I'll have to revisit this thread. I'm crossing my fingers (and toes) :)
Edited by - j00k on 10/26/2001 15:58:25