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CD r/w not recognized by system

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Travis13, Jan 26, 2013.

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  1. Travis13

    Travis13 Thread Starter

    Jan 26, 2013
    I have a 6 year old Dell home PC. For some reason, the system doesn't recognize the cd drive that is part of the processing unit. Any fixes?
  2. gberger


    Jul 26, 2009
    You could try opening the case, disconnecting and reconnecting the CD drive at both ends (drive and motherboard). If that does not work, you're going to need a new drive. They do go bad but are not expensive to replace. Just make sure you get the correct connection - SATA or IDE. IDE is a wide ribbon cable, SATA is a thin cable, usually blue or red. SATA has been the standard for a while, but 6 years old might be IDE.
  3. captainron276


    Sep 11, 2010
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