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CD-ROM problem?

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I have just installed a new CD-ROM inasmuch as my old one would not read
inserted disks regularly, only occasionally. If I restarted my computer, the
CD-ROM would occasionally read the disks. The new one is doing the identical
thing so I assume it was not my old or new CD-ROM.

In inserting a disk, the light comes on in the CD-ROM but there is no autorun
taking place, both lights just remain on. Instead, I get a message over and
over again that reads, "Please insert a disk into drive D:" I also cannot install
any program disks manually.

I must assume there is something not set right in my computer. I am using XP
Home Edition. Any thoughts from members/admin on what my problem might
be? Thanks for any info that may help me with this problem.
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Change the ide cable if you have not already done so.
Go into device manager and remove the drive then reboot, windows will reinstall the drivers, see if that helps

Go into bios and see if the drive is recognized and then see if you can boot from your windows cd if you can it most likely is not hardware.

I recently ran in to a similar situation and finally gave up and reinstalled windows and that fixed the problem

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