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Safe Mode: new CD-R Drive problems

Discussion in 'Earlier Versions of Windows' started by mojo, Dec 10, 2001.

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  1. mojo

    mojo Thread Starter

    Oct 9, 2001
    I'm running Windows 98, and not very good at it, apparently.

    I recently installed a new CD-R drive. When restarting my computer, it booted up and remained in Windows startup mode indefinetly. After about 10 minutes, I ctrl-alt deleted, and restarted. It then went into safe mode. I used ScanDisc basic (no problems) and I looked into the device manager and removed the driver for my old CD-R drive. I then restarted and it remained in Windows startup mode indefinetly again. After another shut down and start up, it went back into safe mode. I ran ScanDisc again, but in thurough mode. After about 1/2 hour, it's still scanning the disc. It said it had to restart 10 times because I had other Windows programs open. I closed the "system" folder and Scanned it again.

    It was about then that I decided to post something to TechGuy.
    Any assistance would be appreciated.

    -> Mojo
  2. kilowatt1


    Oct 27, 2001
    Check the jumper on the back of the new CDRom. If you are connecting it to the same ribbon cable that is attached to your hard drive, it has to be jumpered to slave. If the CDRom is connected to the secondary IDE port with its own cable, it should be set to master. Go into device manager and remove all CDRoms listed. Then turn off your computer and check the jumpers on the new device and make sure the cable is inserted correctly. (Red stripe next to power connector.) Reboot and see if Windows will detect it and install the drivers for it. Good luck! KW1
  3. Styxx

    Styxx Banned

    Sep 8, 2001
    Dear Mojo:

    You must follow the installation instructions that came with the drive to the letter.

    Here's a heads-up though:

    The jumper on the back of the drive must be set to the same postion as the one you're changing out - for instance, with only one CD Drive it would be jumpered as the Secondary Master or Select, whichever the old CD was jumpered as (red stripe on the cable next to power connector, the fitting on the mainboard and cable is keyed for that end). If you only have one CD drive, by the way that's CDRW not CDR, it must be on the channel two (2) line, on the plug farthest away from the mainboard.

    If you have two CD Drives the plain CD would be jumpered as the Secondary Master on the plug farthest away from the mainboard. You might need to get a long 32 inch IDE cable to reach to the backs of both drives. You're CDRW would be jumpered as the Secondary Slave. The HDD is on channel one and is mastered as the Primary Master. :)

    Your Bios' CMOS Setup must be configured to Automatically detect drives usually.
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