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CD-Rom and Win XP

By KoosG ·
Hi

I have CD-Rom and Combo CD-RW/DVD in Win XP machine. Windows only recognise a disk in one of them. When I uninstall the problem drive in DeviceMgr so that it is re-installed by WinXP, the other one does not want to work anymore.

It looks like Win XP only support one CD-Rom device. As soon as you install a second one, the first one does not want to recognise the media in it anymore. Both appear to function correct according to DeviceManager.

Please help.

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by willcomp In reply to CD-Rom and Win XP

Check jumpers on drives. Ensure that one is master and the other slave if they are on same IDE cable.

Dalton

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by KoosG In reply to

Thanks, but although both are on same cable on Secondory IDE, they were set as Master and Slave.

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by KoosG In reply to CD-Rom and Win XP

Thanks

Did not think of that, but I think they did work both at the beginning (9 months back).

Will go and check anyway.

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by w2ktechman In reply to CD-Rom and Win XP

If it is not a physical config problem, it may be a winXP issue. Try going into disk management in administrative tools. Check to see that they are assigned to different drive letters

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by KoosG In reply to

Thanks, but both have different drive letters in disk management.

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by bwells47 In reply to CD-Rom and Win XP

Physically pull the straps from both, and uninstall in the operating system. Then hook the cdrw-dvd up first, set as master. After it is installed, shut down the system, and install the cdrom as slave. Reboot, and it should pick it up by itself and install it. Good luck

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by KoosG In reply to

Sorry it took so long to get back. I have unplugged the CD-Rom and uninstalled both in OS. Only CDRW/DVD connected and picked up by XP, but it did not even read a normal CD (Norton Utils). It will write CD's, but cannot read them. However if I leave the bootable CD in drive, it does boot from the CD when restarting. Now I cannot remember if drive were master or slave, but I think it is on master. When I connected CD-Rom it did read the CD. It looks like a problem with Win XP.

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by w2ktechman In reply to CD-Rom and Win XP

try swapping the master/slave. See if it works one way but not the other. Check that the cable is plugged in properly, and that they are both on the second cable. Some cd drives do not work slaved from a hdd

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by glyall In reply to CD-Rom and Win XP

other option
place the CD_ROM on the same ribbon as the hard drive. First check the jumpers. Set the hard drive to master and the CD-rom to slave.
place the CD-RW/DVD on a ribbon by itself.

This is the way I set PC with CD-ROM and CD-RW
and I have no problems.

If you copy cds you need to set it up this way for the fastest data transfer. I have seen several PC crash when CD-ROM and CD-RW on the same ribbon


Good Luck

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by bwells47 In reply to CD-Rom and Win XP

Hi. Me again. I agree with the last guy, but also if it does not work still, then try setting the jumper for cable select on the cd-rom slave. I would still install them one at a time, beginning with the burner. Sometimes they just will not work the way they are logically supposed to, and you have to try every possible combination of possibilities that would make them work. (Like they have a mind of their own.) I always look at it in a way at least I always learn something new, and other options and ways to do things.

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