CD Rom and Burner Wont Work
Posted 10 February 2006 - 04:30 PM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 04:40 PM
Can you explain what you mean by 'when I insert a disk, nothing happens'?
Does the drive attempt to access the CD at all (i.e does it spin up)?
Posted 10 February 2006 - 04:44 PM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 04:53 PM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 04:57 PM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 05:10 PM
Out of interest, how did you manage to perform a fresh install of Windows if neither drive will read CDs?
Posted 10 February 2006 - 05:18 PM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 05:32 PM
Can you confirm that both optical drives are on the same cable? (ie. both on the secondary IDE controller)
If so can you please tell me, for each drive, what you have set the jumper configuration to for the master/slave/CS selection & whether the drive is attached to the connector on the end of the ribbon cable or the middle of the cable.
Posted 10 February 2006 - 05:36 PM
Posted 10 February 2006 - 06:28 PM
If you are using an 80 wire IDE ribbon cable (i.e one that supports ATA-66 & ATA-100), then the Master drive must be at the end of the cable.
If you are using a 40 wire IDE cable (i.e ATA-33 only) then it doesn't seem to matter so much. Personally, I tend to stick to the same configuration as used for 80 wires cables.
OK, please try the following steps, one at a time, in this order:
1) Boot up in safe mode. At the Run..command, type devmgmt.msc & click OK. Expand the CDROM devices branch & delete every entry for the optical drives then shutdown the computer & proceed with step 2.
2) Rather than swapping the two drives around, I would suggest instead that you configure BOTH drives to CS (cable select).
Also double check the connection of the ribbon cable to the motherboard - make sure it is fully & evenly inserted into the motherboard at both ends of the connector. Go to step 3
3) Power on the system & go into the bios (usually by pressing the DEL key a few times as soon as the monitor LED turns from amber to green).
In the bios, in the main page or first page, make sure that the Secondary Master & the Seconday Slave are both set to AUTO & any other settings for these two devices, such as Drive Translation, are also set to auto. Save the changes & exit the bios.
The system will now reboot. Watch the screen carefully to make sure that both optical drives are detected.
When Windows loads, it should find the 2 drives & place them back into device manager. Test them both again with a known good CD (preferably not a copied CD) & see if there's any improvement.
4) If theres no improvement so far, then go back into device manager (devmgmt.msc) & delete the optical drives again. Shut down & physically remove one the drives. Make sure the remaining drive is jumpered as Master & is connected to the end of the cable. Boot up & test the drive again.
5) If this still doesn't work, then repeat step 4 but using the other drive (again, jumper as master & attach to end of cable).
6) If none of these measures make any difference, then try a different ribbon cable.
Posted 10 February 2006 - 08:39 PM
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