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Andy Martin
Posted on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 11:21 am:   

I installed a cd writer to my pc. unfortunately the pc now won't load windows. It gets to the bit where it says 64Mb ram ok in the top left then the screen just stays black and nothing more happens.
V (Vera)
Posted on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 4:23 pm:   

How is the drive set up? Are the jumpers set correctly?
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Monday, December 10, 2001 - 5:45 pm:   

I have had the same problems in the past but with CDROMs. They only need to be plugged in to the system and this is enough to freeze the system from the moment it detects the device. Could be a faulty CDRW if you have all other settings correct.
Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 10:38 am:   

I just tried setting the jumpers. I connected the cd/r to either primary or secondary ide port and tried every combination of master/slave jumper setting. The pc either won't start at all or it starts but won't see the cd/r. Maybe it is a duff cd/r. It doesn't autodetect the cd/r which I presume it should do.
V (Vera)
Posted on Tuesday, December 11, 2001 - 11:58 am:   

Don't auto detect. auto detect is for harddrives. Try setting it as secondary master. If a cable came with it, use it.If you have award bios, in "standard cmos setup" set the "secondary master" to none. For a different bios look for similar. Reboot,see if it detects

on primary ide is your master jumpered as single drive? do you have another drive on secondary ide?

Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 11:34 am:   

Ooh er. I don't understand most of that. I'm pretty much ignorant about the workings of PCs.

On the primary IDE port is just the hard drive. On the secondary port was the CD/rom which I've replaced with the CD/r.

When I say auto detect I assumed that windows detected new hardware on startup.

No cable came with it. I just connected it to the ribbon that the CDrom was connected to.
Rob (Robwalk)
Posted on Wednesday, December 12, 2001 - 8:10 pm:   

Still at it isnt it!!. I think Vera means to check the jumper setting on your hard drive. They can often be set as I (single) drive. This means they work alone so no other devices will be detected on that IDE. The hard drive must be set as master.
Did you have a cdrom on this IDE before you installed the writer??. If you did, and if it worked then the hard drive's settings are OK and my suspicion returns to the writer.
Good luck,
V (Vera)
Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2001 - 6:30 am:   

Thanks Rob,that is what I meant, should have been clearer.
Posted on Thursday, December 13, 2001 - 9:43 am:   

Yes I did have a cd/rom fitted, and it did work, so maybe you're right about a faulty cd/r.
I couldn't get it to work when I installed it, so I took it back to the shop where I bought the cd/r and they did something to to it - I don't know what, and it worked when I got it home. I burnt a cd with it.
But the next time I switched the pc on I had this problem. I'll take it back to the shop at the weekend and let them sort it out, since I've already paid them once to do it. I expect they'll try and charge me again though.

Thanks for your help
Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2002 - 12:22 pm:   

help!!! When I enter a cd disk into the drive it reset my computer I don't know what to do please help me... I've got Celeron 700, 256 RAM, motherboard Abit BE 6-II, Hard drive IBM 30 GB, Riva TNT2 model 64 and cd-rom SAMSUNG SC-148P

Artur my e--mail is

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