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« on: July 18, 2005, 01:24:50 PM »

HELLO FRIENDS,MY OPERATING SYSTEM WINDOWS XP IS NOT DETECTING CD-ROM AND IT IS NOT SHOWING IN MY COMPUTER.THE ICON IS NOT VISBILE AS USUAL AS THE HARD DISK PARTITION ARE SHOWN. IN DEVICE MANGAER ALSO IT IS NOT SHOWN.I HVE CHANGED THE DATA CABLE ALSO, BUT ITS NOT WORKING.WHAT COULD BE THE PROBLEM, PLEASE HELP ME OUT IN THIS REGARD
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« Reply #1 on: July 18, 2005, 03:44:25 PM »

Can you open and close the CD tray (is it getting power)?

I would guess you need a firmware upgrade for the CD ROM.
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« Reply #2 on: July 19, 2005, 05:47:43 AM »

No i cant open and close the CD Tray. it is not getting power. what is firmware upgrade for CD-ROM
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« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2005, 02:06:39 PM »

If you aren't getting power, that's the problem. Try connecting a different power connector. If you still can't get power, just buy a new CD ROM. They're very cheap.

Firmware is kind of like a driver. It helps the hardware communicate with the computer.
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« Reply #4 on: August 10, 2005, 11:02:38 PM »

i'm having the same problem but instead i have power to the cd-rom.  i can open and close it, it's just not reading it.

my scenario was that it was working fine then i rebooted my computer because it was running for quite some time.  after the reboot, the cd-roms were not detected thus not showing on "my computer".  

i've tried reconnecting the wires and everything but nothing seems to work.  i also hooked up another cd-rom but it was was not detected by the computer.

any clues on how i can solve this problem?

thanks.
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« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2005, 01:07:41 AM »

Connect it to the same cable as the hard drive. If it works, then you have a dead IDE controller. It could also be a power supply issue.
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« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2005, 02:16:01 PM »

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Also try flashing your BIOS to the latest version.
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« Reply #7 on: August 16, 2005, 02:10:40 PM »

how do you flash your bios to current version?

i also connected a new ide controller to the dvd-rw/cd-rom but that doesn't seem to work either.
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« Reply #8 on: August 16, 2005, 11:20:53 PM »

If you bought your computer from Dell, HP, Gateway, etc, you can download the latest BIOS from the support section on their website. You have to use the one specifically for your model.

If you built the computer yourself, you'll have to get it from the manufacturer of your motherboard.

It is a small program that you put on a diskette. Boot the computer and it will start the process to load the updated BIOS. That's what is referred to as "flashing" the BIOS.

Hope that helps.
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« Reply #9 on: October 15, 2005, 07:54:34 PM »

What about checking the bios?  If you remove a hard drive or cdrom ( or it loses power) some bios versions automatically remove the device since its no longer responding.  So first thing to do after you have power again is go into the bios setup and make sure the bios sees the drive or set it to autodetect and make sure its listed during the bios startup screen.  Untill then no firmware \ windows tweaking will do anything.
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