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Not recognizing CD/RW

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by ajs1017, Aug 19, 2002.

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  1. ajs1017

    ajs1017 Thread Starter

    Aug 19, 2002
    My CD/RW has gone out to lunch. It appears to be fine because the power light comes on and when booting up it comes up with the message: Detecting IDE Secondary Slave etc... This is good!

    However, when I put in a CD it appears to load and all, but when I try to get to it I can not find it via My Computer or Windows Explorer.

    Did the driver go out the door or do I have to look somewhere else.

    I just recently purchased the CD/RW drive about a month ago.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated - Thanks Tony
  2. swwelsh


    Jul 7, 1999
    Here's a good way to find out if you have a hardware problem or a driver/software one. Boot from a win98 startup disk with cdrom support, and see if the drive is detected and can read disks. If not, the drive is probably bad. Also check inside the system to make sure a cable has not come loose. If it reads ok from the boot disk driver, you probably have a problem with your Windows IDE drivers, try removing and reinstalling them, and check to see if there are any newer ones available
  3. Proggie


    Aug 12, 2002
    Something just to watch out for. Detecting secondary IDE slave...that's good, but from my experience it tells what type of device is hooked up. For example, for my harddrives it actually says somewhere in there the word "hard drive" (actually gives the model number I think too for me), but for my cd-roms, it says "CD-ROM DEVICE" or something to that effect. If it's not finding it in BIOS, then it's hardware related. Just something I noticed in the past, but it might be different for your computer.
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