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cd drive problems

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by jacquid1, Apr 26, 2004.

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  1. jacquid1

    jacquid1 Thread Starter

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    I was having problems with my cd drive - sometimes wasn't reconised, sometimes wouldn't open, most of the time didn't reconise that there was a CD in it and often flashed and made whirring noises which froze the whole computer.

    After a little research (on this site and other tech help sites) I decided it was time for a new drive.

    The new drive (an internal combo drive) worked like a dream until the first restart - now it treats every CD as though it is blank - it appears to attempt to read it, but decides that it is blank - so does nothing. It is recognising that there is a CD in it and opens fine every time- more than what the old drive was doing.

    When I went to install the new software - there was a problem with "msiexec.exe". So I followed microsoft's instructions and downloaded a new installer... Seems to be fine now, though I cant install software from CD.

    I've done a virus check.

    Does any one have any idea what might be going on and how I can fix it?

    My system is Windows ME
     
  2. n2gun

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    Try unplugging the data cable and removing the driver from within the control panel. Reboot once with it unhooked and then shut down and hook the cable back up and let windows reinstall the driver. Also make sure there is not an old driver from a previous drive in control panel. If there is delete it too.
     
  3. jacquid1

    jacquid1 Thread Starter

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    Thanks for your suggestion - I'm very new at this so it has all been a steep learning curve.
    I dont know how to delete the driver or re-install one as it says "no driver is required or have been loaded for this device" (as it did for my old CD-Rom)

    I have swapped the IDE cables around and plugged the hard drive and cd in every combination I can think of - and as the hard drive keeps working I'm guesssing the cables are fine.

    I did discover that if I booted with the "recovery CD-rom" in the 'problem drive'- it worked fine - i.e.no reading problems. If I cancelled to Dos I could get it to list (DIR) the contents of the CD (something that doesnt happen when going through the MS-Prompt from Windows - where it stil thinks the CD is empty) - so this leads me to think its a software problem.

    I used the recovery cd to refresh "windows OS" but this has made no difference.

    Shall I try reinstalling windows?
     
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