replaced hard drive-xp does not recognize cd or dvd drive
Posted 08 July 2008 - 05:23 PM
Posted 08 July 2008 - 05:37 PM
From your description I am thinking that the new drive either has an incorrect partition table or that it is too large for the BIOS of the systems. In the later case a BIOS update may solve that problem. In the former case using the drive maker's cloning software will write the correct partition table.
Posted 08 July 2008 - 06:37 PM
Posted 09 July 2008 - 08:10 AM
Run the 'add new hardware' wizard from control panel.
See if it finds it as already attached but not operating.
Switch the ribbon cables at the motherboard.
In the bios, (set it for setup defaults), go to the drive detection part and run through it's detection service.
Putting a 'y' at each entry for primary and master.
If the bios can't read it then it has to be hardware.
Could be the wrong cables or not connected properly.
That is why I suggested to switch them at the motherboard.
Posted 09 July 2008 - 08:28 AM
In device manager it shows my secondary IDE controller as working fine.
I have a spare pci card slot, is there any way to connect my cd and dvd drive that way?
It's an older Dell Dimension 2400 so I don't want to put much money into it.
Dell told me that my bios would handle a 320GB hard drive-I have the latest version they offer for my pc, it's A05.
Posted 09 July 2008 - 08:52 AM
Check your local supplier. MicroCenter or BestBuy.
But there's no guarantee it will work in my thinking.
But I do believe you could take the card back and return it for whatever you paid for it.
I use a pci card for my hard drives on this computer.
Posted 01 March 2009 - 07:23 PM
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