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Virus or competing for drive?

By jnewell65 ·
I can not find CD-RW on my computer,it has worked before. could another program such as Norton's Disk Doctor be the problem? or any thing else. and how can you tell if the unit has gone bad? it is about 2y/o. thanks again to all.

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by TheChas In reply to Virus or competing for dr ...

What often happens, is that the IDE buss driver for the motherboard gets damaged.

The IDE driver takes care of all IDE device driver tasks.

First, let's make sure that the hardware is working.

When you boot the PC, the light on the drive should at least flash on and then off.
(for some CD-RW drives, 1 light stays on)

Next, watch the screen during the boot process, and verify that the BIOS detects your drive.

If the BIOS does not detect the drive, Windows cannot either.

If theBIOS does not detect the drive, I would start by checking that the IDE ribbon cable, and the power cable are seated properly.
(Have power off before opening the case.)

If the BIOS still does not detect the drive, the drive may have failed, or the BIOS setting for the IDE channel that the drive is connect to was set to none.
Enter BIOS settings, and verify that the IDE channel is set to either AUTO Detect, or CD-ROM

Next, check device manager to verify that Windows see's the drive.
(Right click on My Computer, and select properties)

If you see any yellow "?" or "!" they indicate a driver problem.

Sometimes, you can get everything back by deleteing ALL 3 IDE devices from device manager.
Primary
Secondary
Root

Re-boot thesystem, and Windows should re-install the IDE drivers.

If that doesn't take care of things, you may need to download and install the latest IDE driver for the chipset on your motherboard.
If this is a name brand system, you should be able to download the driver from the mfg.

If not, you need to identify who made your motherboard, and get the driver from them.
I use either www.motherboards.org
or www.wimsbios.com
To help identify motherboards.

Chas

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