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CD Rom not accessible

By MBR2 ·
I have a Win98 machine that the CD_Rom
that will not read any cdrom I put
into it. I have removed it in Device
Manager and rebooted the machine. Windows
then re-installs the cdrom but it still
will not recognize any cdrom. Any ideas?

Thanks in advance for your help.

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by bdgray In reply to CD Rom not accessible

Has it ever worked? Are the CDs you are using copies made in a cd writer? Some older CDROM drives cannot read from burned CDs

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by MBR2 In reply to CD Rom not accessible

Yes, it has always worked. Interseting to know about Cd writers though
Thanks for your input!

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by roland63 In reply to CD Rom not accessible

Before I say to you its time to buy a NEW cd-rom drive, try this; Take that same drive and install it in another computer. Works fine there? If yes, then I'd try replacing the data cable in YOUR computer leading to the cd-rom drive itself. If no, then you have the pleasure of looking for a spanking-brand-new drive of your liking.

Good luck.

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by MBR2 In reply to CD Rom not accessible

You are the winner my friend! THANKS!

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by Chris Jaquess In reply to CD Rom not accessible

1) Does the BIOS recognize the CD-ROM drive during POST. If yes...
2) Do you have DOS drivers that load for the CD-ROM drive. If yes...
3) Reboot the machine in MS-DOS mode, and change the drive letter to the apropriate letter of the CD-ROM drive and type DIR to see if it will give you a directory listing.

If the BIOS on the machine does not recognize the CD-ROM during power up. Check the drives power cable and data cable. If these are secure and connected correctly then the drive is mostlike defunct.

If you do not have drivers then go to the Control Panel (start >settings >control panel) Double click the Add/Remove programs icon. Click the start up disk tab and make a start up disk. This should load DOS CD-ROM drivers on a 3.5" diskette. Use this diskette to boot the computer and again change the drive letter and check to see if it will give you a directory listing.

If you get a directory listing in DOS, there isn't any reason that I can think of that you can't read a CD-ROM in Windows. You may have a virus, or some sort of IRQ conflict.

Hope this helps.
Chris

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by MBR2 In reply to CD Rom not accessible

I can't make a start up disk because I need to put the Win98 CD
in the CD-Rom drive, which does not work. You gave me fantastic troubleshooting advice! Thanks for your help!

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by BigCheif In reply to CD Rom not accessible

If windows detects the drive and installs it and it doesn't work you most likly have a bad drive. Do you see the led flash any when you insert a cd. If it doesn't the drive is probably not detecting the disk. Time for a new drive.

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by MBR2 In reply to CD Rom not accessible

No led light flashing when ANY Cd is inserted. This narrows my
problem. Thanks!

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by mzy In reply to CD Rom not accessible

I think you may have installed the wrong cd drive. Try reinstalling windows to install all drives correctly.

Hope this works!

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by MBR2 In reply to CD Rom not accessible

The CD Drive is the one that came with the computer that has always worked. So It can't be installed wrong. Thanks for your input!

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