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By cyberghost_1 ·
I am Installing a Benq 54x32x54 CD-R/RW on a black Compaq Desktop PC. WinXP PRO, Intel Celeron 1.7GHz 128MB DDR, 40.0GB HDD. The Power Supply is 200w to 240w. The PC has a CD-ROM, Floppy and HDD connected to the PSU. When I connect the burner to the PSU and IDE, either as a slave or a master, the PC won't function. XP starts to load, then I get a BLUE screen the tells me that Windows has shut down due to an error. What I notice is that the normal WHINE that the CPU Fan and HDD make, slows down. I figure there isn't enough power to run all drives.
In BIOS there is NO option for me to add the CD-R/RW Drive or administer any fuctions. I can't find the CMOS Jumper either. I get the same result if I connect just the CD-R/RW and not the CD-ROM Drive. The PC will only start up if I have the normal Setup...CD-ROM, HDD and floppy.
What is the deal? Am I correct in suggesting a Power Supply of 350w to 450w?
When this occurs, the Keyboard also stops working...I am at a loss for words...

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by chanmkr In reply to Adding CD-R/RW to Compaq. ...

First try with only cd rw instead of cd r to check machine is working . if working try removing drives from device manage & reboot
it will re detect all the drives

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by cyberghost_1 In reply to

I tried that, like I said...It only works with the CD-ROM that came withe the PC. Not even just connecting the CD-RW without the CD-ROM.

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by cobe43 In reply to Adding CD-R/RW to Compaq. ...

350 watts at a bare minimum. I would go 400 - 500.

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by willcomp In reply to Adding CD-R/RW to Compaq. ...

Try a different CD burner. Although PC is underpowered (not unusual for mass market PCs where cost cutting is rampant), should be sufficient to run 2 optical drives (assuming video is on board).

I have installed CD-RW drives on older Gateway and HP PCs with 140 watt or less SFX power supplies.

In my experience, BenQ optical drives have been problematic and I no longer use them. That's why I recommend trying a different brand of drive. Have had good luck with Lite-On, Sony, LG, and Samsung CD-RW drives, all of which are inexpensive. And then there's Plextor, pricey, but absolutely the best optical drives.

Dalton

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by glyall In reply to Adding CD-R/RW to Compaq. ...

chanmke is right

I have installed CD-RW with CD-R, HD, and floppy on IBM Workstation deskktops with 185 watts PSUs and have had no problems.

I connect the CD-R as a slave drive on the same ribbon as the harddrive (HD set as master).
The CD-RW is set as master on the second ribbon.

I do this because it works better if you are coping CDs (the data does not flow on the same ribbon both ways). Sometimes you have problems having the CD-RW and CD-R or DVDs on the same ribbon.

Have you check the bios configuration to see if of drives are registriing properly. you should be able to see all the drive that are connected to the ribbons.

Good Luck

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by chanmkr In reply to Adding CD-R/RW to Compaq. ...

this means your cd rw is giving prob
get replacement with your vender

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