cd r/rw defective?


Old 08-22-03, 04:52 AM
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cd r/rw defective?

My computer is intermittently not finding my cd-rom drive. When this occurs, it will not be listed in device manager.
I replaced the cable and it then seemed to work.
I figured I would reformat my hard drive and reinstall windows.
I booted off the windows Me floppy and reformatted the c drive.
I then attempted to boot up with cd rom support, but it would not detect the cdrom even though the drivers were loaded from the floppy.
I then restarted the computer and it found the cd-rom and started loading Windows Me. It got to about 24% and then there was a click from the cd-rom and the installation immediately stopped.
In the BIOS, the cd-rom is listed as Primary IDE2, whereas my primary hard drive is Master IDE1 and my second hard drive is Slave IDE1.
Does this sound like my cd-rom is kaput?
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Old 08-22-03, 06:08 AM
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Nothing like a computer problem to start the day.

Did restarting the computer after the 24% install pick up with the rest of the installation?

Do you have another CDROM to swap it with? That might tell you a lot.

CDROMs normally last a pretty good while.

It may be worthwhile to reseat both IDE cables in the motherboard.

It sounds like your CD drive is kaput.

Fortunately, they are not so expensive.

Hope this helps.
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