CD-RW recognized but will not read disc

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bobcatxxx

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I inadvertently installed some cd-rom drivers from a disc I had for some other computer. Nothing seemed to happen but I did not test the drives. Then I re-installed XP Home. The cd-rw is recognized and all is ok in device manage but it will not read a cd. I tried an Acronis restore to a time before my inadvertent stupidity. Same problem. I removed that cd-rw and installed a cd-rw and a cd-rom from another computer setting it up the same as I removed it. All is well in device manager and seems ok in the standard cmos setup. The cd-rw will not read a disc and asks for one. The cd-rom is ok and will allow me to boot from it. I checked IDE ATA ATAPI in device manager and all seems ok. I wonder if the cd-rom driver install may have screwed up something in the bios or some other place I know little about. There were files on the driver disc for things like ATA, SATA and a bunch of stuff I don't know what it is but I'm pretty sure no updates for a bios. I am using an external usb dvd-rw and don't really need the cd-rw but it bugs me to not be able to fix it. Any ideas?
 

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CD-ROM drivers? Windows requires no drivers for optical devices. What did you install?
 

bobcatxxx

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I am not sure what all is on the cd but the title is Driver CD-ROM Version 13
Includes: PCI I/O Drivers
Network Cards Drivers
Sound Cards Drivers
 

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Oh, this is probably the motherboard driver disk for your machine.
 

bobcatxxx

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Whatever it is I'm sure it is the cause of the problem...

Can I email you an attacment showing what folders there are and if you suspect something in one I can open it and send that?
If so I need your email address.
 

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Well, if you reformatted the machine, clearly any of these drivers would be gone. They don't survive a clean install.
 

bobcatxxx

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The problem occurs with a new install of XP Home without any other programs
installed. I tried a Ricoh CD-RW with a Matshitsu Cd Rom. The Matshitsu Rom
boots and reads. The Ricoh asks for a disc. Then I put the Ricoh CD-RW with
a Sony CD-RW and set the Sony as Master and then tried reversing the two
connectors on the long connector. The Ricoh asks for a cd and that is it.
The sony spits any cd out. No booting cuz it won't accept a disc. Then I put
the Matshitsu as the Master and the Sony as the slave. Matshitsu CD-ROM
works as it's supposed to but the Sony spits out the cd's. I am now
wondering if the cd-rw controller got changed somehow if that is possible. I
know very little about hardware. Everything in Device Manager appears normal.
Since it doesn't seem to matter about a new install of XP Home, I have done
an Acronis restore to the way the machine was. It seems to be a hardware
level problem to me but both cd-rw's had been working till I clicked those
CD_ROM disc files.
 
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as john saided optical drive do not new drivers, but sometime they do need firmware updates, maybe it time for a new dvd burner
 

bobcatxxx

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I have two other computers with dvd but am ticked off cuz I can't figure this problem out.
 
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