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Old Aug 27, 2002, 05:38 AM
jasev jasev is offline
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if the bios hasn't picked the cd drive up then windows never will,if the bios has auto ide hdd detect then run this and then in the first bios option (top left option of the bios) look to see if it's picked the drive up.
even better is to not run the auto ndetect but just go into first bios option(the one with he time and date setings) and change all the 4 ide channels to auto.
now when your machine boots it will look for any drives that are connected.
make sure the cdrom drive has the correct jumper setting on it and if it's on the secondary channel on it's own and your using an ide cable that can run 2 drives then the end of the cable with the biggest gap between connectors is the one that plugs into the motherboard as it's quite easy to have the cable the wrong way around and then the drive can't be found.
hope it helps.

ps if you still can't get the cd drive to work because the bos can't pick it up then set the cd drive as slave by the jumper on the cd drive and connect it to the primary channel with the hard drive(make sure the hard drive is set as master) and if the bios picks the cd drive up then you the secondary ide channel may be no good and you can get an add on card or get a new motherboard as it's pointless spending money on an add on card if the motherboard is an old one. e.g slot 1,socket 7.

Last edited by jasev; Aug 27, 2002 at 05:47 AM.