CD Drive unseen, now won't boot

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sabotscott

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My sister has an IBM Aptiva (350MHz, AMD K6, 192MB RAM) and recently her system began failing to recognize both her CDROM drive and her CDRW drive. I checked the Device Manager and it said they were there and working properly, but they didn't show up in Explorer or in My Computer and they did nothing when you inserted a CD.

I tried removing them from the Device Manager and rebooting in hopes they would then see them, but no luck.

All the while it has started taking longer for her system to boot up (like 15 minutes) and now it won't boot at all.

Earlier she noticed that her time/date was never correct, even after changing it to the correct time. As soon as she rebooted it would be off again.

I thought perhaps her CMOS battery was going bad and now has died. If this is the cause, can the battery be replaced or does the whole Mobo have to be replaced?

What other things might be causing this?

Any helpful ideas would be greatly appreciated.
 
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could be the cmos battery although I'm not sure why it wouldn't effect the hard drives also.

Most can be replaced, they are shiney and about the size of a quarter in newer machines. Ususally you can buy a generic at the drug store, once you replace it you will have to enter setup and reconfigure, so you may want to write down the settings.

Another possiblity could be a bad ide cable, or even loose cable

You could also try disconnecting the cdrom's just to see if it will boot with them off.

Question would be is it recognizing the hard drive, on the boot up screen you should see some messages about initializing devices, both for hard drive and cd's
 

sabotscott

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Thanks BrianF,

Right now it's not recogizing anything. I'll try disconnecting the CD Drives and rebooting. I'll let you know the result.
 
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