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CDrom drive is not being recognized

By drpeppercan
Dec 25, 2004
  1. Hi all, Merry Xmas! :)

    This is my problem:
    The CDrom drive is not being recognized by the pc : (
    I already changed the IDE cable, and even the drive itself and still not being recognized : (
    Is just as if there is no CDrom drive present.
    There is power going to it, I can see its light going on when the pc starts, I can also open its door. So the power is not be the problem.
    This happens at the DOS level, before Windows loads.
    I do need it to be recognized in order to reinstall Win2k : (

    What do you think?

    Thanks in advance,

    DPC
     
  2. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Get a boot-floppy from e.g. Windows 98. Set the BIOS to start from 1)floppy, 2)CD and 3)HD.
    You can get one here if you don't have that: http://www.bootdisk.com/bootdisk.htm
    Select the "Windows 98 SE OEM" version.
    Now satrt the PC with that floppy in it, select "Boot with CDrom support" or something like that. Then insert your W2K-CD and do your install. Make sure you remove the floppy and (later on) the CD when told by the install-procedure!
    When done, install SP4, this includes all the updates from SP1-2-3.
     
  3. drpeppercan

    drpeppercan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    Errr...
    I get the feeling you missed this part:
    "CDrom drive is not being recognized by the pc" ;)

    Thanks anyway :)

    DPC
     
  4. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Sorry, YOU miss the point. When starting under DOS, a PC needs a CDrom-driver, which will be loaded from that W98-floppy, capisce?
     
  5. drpeppercan

    drpeppercan TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 16

    I have done just that already. It says "no driver found", although it is there.
    So as I was saying...

    DPC
     
  6. RealBlackStuff

    RealBlackStuff TS Rookie Posts: 8,165

    Try the CDrom as Master by itself on IDE2?
    Is your BIOS set to enable CD?
    Did the PC with that CD work before?
    Try swapping the power-molex-connector.
    Check that the red line on the IDE-cable is at no. 1 on both sides.
     
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