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Solomon de los Reyes
Posted on Wednesday, February 14, 2001 - 11:10 am:   

I have built a computer but when I try to install windows with cd-rom support the the setup freezes as if it is searching for the cd-rom. the cd-rom was detected in BIOS and I have switch cdrom drives I have switched connections and hard drives. I installed windows through the use of another computer. When I put the hard drive back into the first computer the cd rom was still not detected in windows. I know that I am missing something I just dont know what. Please help. To recap it is not the drive, ide cables, or bios and it is not detected anywhere else but bios.
Vera (Vera)
Posted on Thursday, February 15, 2001 - 10:40 am:   

did you load the drivers that came with your motherboard?
your cd drive can show up as detected in bios at post even if it doesn't show up in windows
it sounds like maybe the ide controllers are not installed. if they are not you won't be able to access your cd-rom drive.
if the ide controllers are not present windows loads real mode DOS drivers and you will have access to your primary ide controller for your hard disk but a slave cd drive won't work nor will your secondary ide controller
anytime my cd-rom drive is not detected or accessable to windows,the first thing i do is check device manager to see if the ide controllers are's happened a couple of times and it can be a pain because the drivers are on the cd-rom that comes with the motherboard. what i did was go to the motherboard manufacturers web site to download the drivers for my particular took the one time to teach me to copy the drivers to my hard disk because they did came in handy again.
hope this helps
Posted on Friday, February 16, 2001 - 1:48 am:   

that sounds like a good idea. i was able to get my cd drive working by installing my drivers for the cd-rom they were universal. when i cleared the hard drive and tried to reinstall windows the cd-rom would not work. i go to install with cd rom support as soon as it tries to load a driver or do something of that sort it just freezes. i dont know how i could get to my ide controller because there is no windows installed and i cant install it because the cd rom doesnt work. does that make sense?
thank you for helping.
Posted on Friday, February 16, 2001 - 2:19 am:   

A few possibilities...

What kind of drive and how is it hooked up? Master? Slave? There are some cdrom drives that for their own cheap reasons, will not work on the secondary port as a master and must be slaved to the hard drive. A few particular Gold Star's come to mind, but I have also seen this in much older 4x drives also. I have also seen these drives work sporadically as a master, so that might explain why it did work briefly.

Maybe Windows is trying to load the wrong drivers. Try using the install disk that came with the cdrom, (or download the correct drivers)Run the install program, reboot, at the C: prompt, change into the Win98 folder on your Win installation cd and just run setup from there.
Posted on Monday, August 13, 2001 - 12:06 pm:   

my cd rom was working and now my computer says there isnt a cd rom attached can anyone help me with this problem how do i get it to work again? any help would be appreciated

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