CD/CD RW Drives stopped working...

By Goofy Newfie
Mar 27, 2003
  1. For some reason, my optical drives will not function. Nothing was changed on my system, which really puzzles me. I tried uninstalling them in device manager with no success. Once while rebooting, I got an error message saying that they were not Atapi compatible, and to press F1 to continue. What's the deal here? Any advice/instructions are, as always, appreciated.
  2. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837

    How about reistalling IDE controller drivers?
  3. Mictlantecuhtli

    Mictlantecuhtli TS Evangelist Posts: 4,345   +11

    Check that the cables are connected properly.
  4. Goofy Newfie

    Goofy Newfie TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 199

    The cables are attached properly. I am going to try reinstalling the drivers for the IDE controllers.


    Here's what I tried:

    reinstalled IDE controllers/drivers
    installed brand new IDE cable
    performed system restore

    Could the secondary IDE on my mobo be shot? It's only 4 months old, and I have not done anything to it since I bought it ( no cable changes/removals, no hardware changes).

    I am going to try and hook up one of the optical drives to the primary IDE as a slave and see what happens.
  5. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837

    You can hook up your HD to the second channel. If the controller is bust, the HD won't work either.
  6. Goofy Newfie

    Goofy Newfie TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 199

    D'uhhh. I am just not thinking in the right frame of mind in handling this problem. I will give it a go.
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