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XP not recognizing new Disc Drives

Discussion in 'Windows XP' started by jhayes, Dec 13, 2006.

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  1. jhayes

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    I've installed two new disc drives, both Sony DRU 820A into my tower. XP doesn't recognize them. Any suggestions? Thanks much. -John
     
  2. Sonny1st

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    How did you set the jumpers? Is one master and one slave or both set to cable select?
     
  3. jhayes

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    They are set to master/slave. The same as the drives I took out.
     
  4. Sonny1st

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    Did you go to Device Manager and check to see if they are listed there? Or are you just not seeing them in 'My Computer'?
     
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    They aren't listed in Device manager. I've also tried a scan for new hardware w/no luck.
     
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    Do you know how to boot into BIOS and see if they are recognized and enabled there?
     
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    I know it involves restarting the computer and repeatedly pushing one of the keys (ESC, F1 or f8)
     
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    Yes the key is different for different brand computers.. when you boot up you should see it listed.. Try doing that.. When in BIOS you will only be using the keyboard and a few select keys such as the arrow keys.. there will be instructions as to how to navigate.. Do NOT change anything ... just look for hardware devices and see if you see the drives listed, and if they are enabled. If they are then use the ESC key to exit Bios and it will boot back to windows.. Shut down and disconnect the drive you have as slave.. make sure the connections are secure and the one at the end is connected to the master drive.. Restart and see if it recognizes just the one drive.
     
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    I cn't get the BIOS to come up, it just goes to my Windows.
     
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    what kind/brand computer are we talking about?
     
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    It's a Compaq. Restarting it w/Just the one plugged in works (It's recognized). However, when I add the second, it's back to nothing.
     
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    What are your thoughts on plugging the second one in seperately, no master /slave, just two units?
     
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    Try setting both jumpers to 'cable select'.
     
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