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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by bizziebill, Feb 14, 2007.

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  1. bizziebill

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    I have a Compaq Presario, it's about 5 yrs now. Had it sitting in the garage for about a week after building a new system.
    Fired it up today and found that my two drives are gone, Cd-RW & DVD.. system doesn't see them at all. Not in Disk Manager, My Computer. Put a disk in, nothing happens, the light does come on once.
    When I boot up the light comes on , I have the CD-RW set for first boot. I put the drives in another system, work fine, so I know they're good. About a month before my 3 1/2 floppy went out also. Could this be a motherboard problem???
    Was going to give to a friend, but did't want to give them a headache computer.
     
  2. norton850

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    "system doesn't see them at all"

    Does that include in BIOS?
     
  3. bizziebill

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    Includes bios
     
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    Bad IDE cable? Bad secondary channel? You could try installing the drives on the primary IDE channel just to see if the BIOS sees them. If so, the secondary may be out. If your 3 1/2 floppy also went out recently, it could definately be a sign of a dying MB.
     
  5. bizziebill

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    I put a new ide cable today, was my first thought. I also done a complete system restore with the factory software that came on the computer, thought that might fix it.
    So what do you mean by the install on the primary? All the drivers are on the partitioned drive (D) that compaq installed.
     
  6. norton850

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    The information needed for BIOS to see your drive is part of the motherboard and the drive. No drivers or Windows needed. Once upon a time most motherboards had two connectors for IDE type drives (HD, CD/DVD/Zip). Most likely yours does. What has been suggested is to connect your drives to the other IDE connector and see if they works. Also check in BIOS to make sure things are set to auto. You could also try resetting CMOS with the MB jumper.
     
  7. bizziebill

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    I understand what being said now. Will give it a try tomorrow, burnt out tonight. Have to shut down & reboot the brain tomorrow. Thanks guys.
     
  8. bizziebill

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    I tried the primary IDE, it worked, tells me the MB is going out as I thought and was also told. New board, no problem. This is a closed case.
    Thanks again guys.
     
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