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By Mags @ Kinloch Court ·
Hi Folks,
My home PC has stopped recognizing my CD ROM, It's not listed on My Computer, nor in the BIOS. I've tried running my Windos XP Pro Boot Up Disks but to no avail! I get to the end of installing the disks and then states it cannot find the Disk (which I have placed in the CD ROM). I have checked the conections at the back of my PC - all would appear to be in order.

Any ideas on what I should do??

thanks
Mags

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by Lizzy In reply to CD Rom Driver

Hi Mags,
CD ROM drives stopped needing separately loaded drivers since Windows 98. Therefor, I would suggest that you check the internal connection to the drive and also use some canned air or a vacuum to ****\pull out any excess dust from the drive first.

If the connection is ok and the dust clearing doesn't help, try swapping the drive to another pc to see if it works there. It could simply be a drive going bad (Sony VAIO PCV-90's here in my area all lost the CD drives at about the same time--go figure!).

In the BIOS, can you list the CD drive as one of the primary boot devices? If so, does it work?

If nothing can make the BIOS or Windows see the CD drive, simply replace as CD-ROM drives are much faster now and they are stillmuch less expensive than CD-RW or DVD drives.

Hope this helps.

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by Mags @ Kinloch Court In reply to CD Rom Driver

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by dmiles In reply to CD Rom Driver

The cd rom may be using DOS compatibility mode drivers

Right-click on My Computer and select properties,in Device Manager,highlight the cd rom and see if there is a yellow exclamation mark,if no cd rom or controller is listed,then try downloadingthe latest ATAPI file from Microsoft Knowlwdge base

Reload the cd rom using the Add/New Hardware wizard

Check all cables on the cd rom

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by Mags @ Kinloch Court In reply to CD Rom Driver

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by TheChas In reply to CD Rom Driver

Drivers do NOT aid the BIOS in detecting the drive.
If your CD drive is not being detected by the BIOS, then the drive has a problem.

Wrong jumper setting on the drive,
Bad, loose or backwards IDE cable,
Bad or loose power supply connector.
Incorrect BIOS setting for the IDE channel the drive is connected to.

Or, an internal drive problem.

With the IDE cable disconnected, will the drive play an Audio CD?
If not, then the drive is likely shot.
I would spend the $20 for a new one rather than trying to repair the drive.

The Windows drivers for ALL IDE devices are part of the IDE buss driver for the chipset on the motherboard.
The floppy that used to come with most drives ONLY installed the DOS mode driver for the drive.

Chas

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by Mags @ Kinloch Court In reply to CD Rom Driver

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by charles_j_smith In reply to CD Rom Driver

Ensure that the cdrom is found in your BIOS. If the BIOS doesn't see it then the OS will not.

Try moving the cdrom around (to another location internally on your motherboard's ide interfaces). Be sure to correctly set the jumper settings. See ifthe BIOS spots it then (ensure that auto-detect is configured in the BIOS for that specific IDE location).

Its very possible that the cdrom has failed. Buy another one or take another one from another pc and try it in that same location. Again, be sure the jumpers are set correctly.


Good luck with it.

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