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Posted on Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 10:36 am:   

Can anyone help? My Pc has started to boot up without detecting either of the 2 cd rom drives that are connected. They are both connected to the IDE2 connection (1 as master and the other as slave). I've checked that theres power present but the trays wont open. Also the hard drive light is on permanently.
V (Vera)
Posted on Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 12:47 pm:   

Go into device manager. Are there any errors showing? Such as yellow exclamations on your harddisk controllers?
Posted on Saturday, December 8, 2001 - 3:10 pm:   

There is a question mark next to OTHER DEVICES but thats because of a cheap sound card that I dont use, and its not been a problem in the past. Everything else is fine.
Posted on Sunday, December 9, 2001 - 11:28 am:   

If you just added a new cd rom, maybe there's some conflict with the old one. Make sure you're using the right UDMA line, some drives will only work with the original UDMA lines. (not the one with the little lines).
Posted on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 5:41 am:   

hard drive light on all the time can be an indication of cable problems.

did you put a cable plug on backwards?

Matt Weston (Matt12330)
Posted on Wednesday, January 9, 2002 - 8:41 am:   

Does your system detect both CD-ROMs at POST ?
Most CD-ROMs have an indicator light(or two) on them. Do you see any of these lights?

Even if the CD-ROM IDE cable is disconnected, if there is power to the units, the trays should open. I am curious if there is power to the two drives. Maybe a loose or disconnected power cable ? Try connecting them to a different connector and see if they are getting power. If not, it could explain why the system doesn't detect them.


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