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Ive just had to do yet another system restore. People from #40k will be aware that the relationship with my computer is a strictly love-hate thing; I love to hate it, with every day being a struggle against it waving a little white flag and surrendering to truly horrendous build quality (Never, under ANY circumstances, buy a PC from PC World.). This is, since I got it, at the very least the tenth time i have had to nuke it back to its factory settings.
Of those last ten, only the last two have had the dire consequence of neither of my two CDRW/DVD drives showing up in My Computer and being functional. Since I really dont want to have to resort to disassembling the Crock, and waggling the IDE cables around, because mainly I dont want to foul things up more than they are already, can anyone suggest a way to remedy this problem?
(NB: Hence why I want to be a mechanical engineer. The problems are obvious; in the case of the deHaviland Comet, they just fell out of the sky. The solution might be trickier, but at least you have some idea of where it lies.)
"It fits like clothes made out of wasps!"
I think it might be the IDE cables, sorry to rain on your parade. I had the same thing a few times - looks like the little buggers get loose every once in a while.
Open up your PC, check the IDE cables to be plugged in correctly (sometimes 1-2 mm difference makes all the trouble), and try again. If this does not work, try them on the other IDE.
There are the following possible causes to your problem:
1. Fried CD/whatever drive. S*** happens.
2. As said above, loose or wrongly inserted IDE cable.
3. Power cabling might be unplugged.
4. IDE cable might be f***** up, time to buy a new one.
5. The last and the worst - the IDE port on the motherboard got toasted. Go buy a new mainboard.
Tell me whether you have these drives installed on the secondary IDE or one of them is going on the primary IDE cable, this might cut down the possible options alot.
Done that just now. Still not showing up.
Most annoying. Anyone know how much a new set of IDE cables cost?
"It fits like clothes made out of wasps!"
What OS? Because there might be a way to fix the issue without moving any of the hardware around!
XP then your good to go
any other and your not going to be able to do it
If its XP, then I had a similar problem earlier, but I just reformatted the disk again, then it worked, after that time I've never had the problem again. It might also be something wrong with your drivers
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Go into Safe mode (F8 durring reboot)Originally posted by Blackhat@Sep 15 2004, 232
If its XP, then I had a similar problem earlier, but I just reformatted the disk again, then it worked, after that time I've never had the problem again. It might also be something wrong with your drivers[snapback]213622[/snapback]
Right click on my computer
Left click on properties
Left click on hardware tab
Left click on device manager
Check to see if your CD drive has a ghost driver. If not then basically Uninstal/remove all your entries under CDrom (dont worry xp has the drivers)
Restart your computer as normal (start - shutdown - restart)
go to windows normally and at the bottom right you will see found new hardware - It will reinstall all the drivers for your CDrom and you probably wont have that issue remain anymore!
Check if they show up on the BIOS (usually press del just after turning the comp on). If they show up there, the problem is with the OS, if not it is hardware.
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Buy new IDE cable. I bought a fairly decent one for like $2 recently, no need to overpay for them.
If this does not help, try checking the IDE ports on the motherboard - plug one HDD into each and use the IDE autodetection option of your BIOS. If it does not see one of the drives then it's 95% chance that the port is fried.