My DVD drives are not being recognized by BIOS or OS

By kandystar
Jun 4, 2009
  1. I have a Dell Demension 8300 (Windows XP). I was getting an error that the battery was low. I replaced it and now my DVD drives are not being recognized in either BIOS or in the OS at all. The drives have power and open and close and seem to be spinning but the computer is not recognizing them.

    I am wondering if this is a problem in BIOS since i replaced the battery, or maybe if the cable needs replacing. The DVD drives worked fine before I replaced the battery. Could this just be coincidence that the cable went bad too?

    I would appreciate any help with this.
  2. mailpup

    mailpup TS Special Forces Posts: 6,980   +362

    Just to cover this base, make sure the data cable didn't come loose while you were changing the battery.
  3. kandystar

    kandystar TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I checked the cable a few times.. its definitely not loose
  4. antil0ck

    antil0ck TS Rookie Posts: 17

    Try to reset your BIOS to default settings to see if that works. I am assuming that your DVD drives worked prior to replacing your battery. Also, did you replace the CMOS battery or the laptop battery?

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