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Posted on Monday, December 18, 2000 - 1:34 pm:   

My friend gives me his computer to play with, His CD-rom is not working. There is no CD-Rom section on the top of the Device manager. I take a CDRW drive from my computer and put it into his. Still no CD-rom detected. Both however are detected by the motherboard when the computer first starts up. When I put my drive back in my computer the same thing happens. No CD-rom section in the device manager, no primary...(dual FIFO)or secondary....(dual FIFO) under Hard Disk controllers only Intel 8237... My CDRW is missing, Cdrom is missing and even my Zip drive is missing. Even the little link to zip drive that the iomega software puts on your desktop has disappeared. I did not turn on the computer when I removed the drive, only after I put it back in. I am sure that all the cables are connected properly. When I click the performance tab it says drives C and D (D used to be my Zip drive but looks like an empty HD now) are running in Dos compatibility mode. I have no idea what that means. Please someone help. Could it be a virus. I tried scanning my Hard Drive with Norton Antivirus and it said that it cannot scan the Master Boot Record. Don't know if that has anything to do with it.
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2000 - 6:09 pm:   

see my post below where it says, "cd rom missing". it has most of the info you need. as far as that post and yours, they may be different issues, but the reason why i go into safe mode is that winxx may see more than one device and get confused, deleting all devices and letting winxx re-detect them eliminates "ghosting"; the detection of devices that aren't there and assigning resources to the them. whereby the real devices aren't given the resources. in real mode (normal) the ghosts are not seen in device manager, so you can't see them.

try the suggestion and see if it works.
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 12:51 pm:   

Nope. Tried those options. They did'nt work. In the device manager, There is'nt even a primary or secondary IDE controller. I have no idea what to do. And why cant my virus scanner read the Master Boot Record of my Hard Drive? All help will be appreciated. Thanks anyway.
Posted on Tuesday, December 19, 2000 - 10:23 pm:   

you might have one, use the floppy rescue disks for norton and scan the system in dos mode. use the switches for repair all, and compressed folders. i still think it's a hardware problem, but it may be closer to device conflicts and drivers.

another thing to do is remove components like the cd drive one by one and reboot between steps. see if the problem goes away. then you'll be able to isolate it hopefully.
Jim Herzog
Posted on Friday, December 29, 2000 - 6:34 pm:   

Greetings, I need help with the installation of a CD-R into a Magictroninc PC. The CD is recognized by Windoze '95, but when I try to access a CD, it gives the error message that it can not read the file. The motherboard is: Gateway P5-166, with 32 Meg RAM. Under the control panel, the Device Manager indicates "!" before the primary and secondary FIFO IDE. I am able to access the installed HD with no apparent problems. I supposed that I need a update drivers for the board,.. but can not find any on the net.

I'd appreciate any and all suggestions and help.
omar fuschini
Posted on Tuesday, January 9, 2001 - 1:17 pm:   

by Omar fuschini Wednesday 10 January,753 am
please help! my computer starts in safe mode,I press "normal" and goes to win 98 but,cd rom,floppy don't work.program manager ( i think) shows conflict with IDE controllers, primary
y hdd of 1gig, slave hdd,640 mg are both recognized. my system is amd 150 mgz,586.thanks a lot! oh! the ide controllers are integrated in the mother board so could i go back to my controller card if there is no chance of fixing the controllers in the mother board?
i'm not very conversant with technical problems so I would need step by step instructions, please.
I 'm going to try the topic:no cd rom as mentioned above. thanks omar

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