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I have a SATA dvd Burner, it power up, but does nothing else, every thing is connected right, and windowsxp do not regconise it...

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Can you double check if your BIOS can detect it if it does you can try to delete the upper and lower filter on regedit heres the string HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

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My dell 170L with IDE h/drive & cd rom wont recognise a sata dvd rom ( connected to sata port & power)


Check that jumper settings are done correctly, also check how devices are shown in BIOS.

Sep 14, 2012 | Dell Dimension XPS 400 PC Desktop

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My internal CD/DVD drive and Burner quit working. Will not run a CD or DVD. Computer does not even recognize it as a drive. Can this be fixed or what kind of external drive can i get?


As I'm sure you are aware a CD/DVD drive is a mechanical device. It's 'lifespan' is rated in hours of usage. With the C521 being 4 years of age, I wouldn't think the DVD dual-layer burner drive would be defunct. Does depend on how much it's been used.

Ordinarily I would state cleaning the optical eye in the CD/DVD drive, and also reinstalling the drivers, if a disk is not recognized. However the, " Computer does not recognize it as a drive.", statement concerns me.

Suggest you try the software approach first of reinstalling the drivers, then if you wish go on to the hardware approach, of checking to see if the data, and/or power cable is loose on the DVD drive.

Reinstalling the Drivers:

The main method;
1) Left-click on Start
2) Right-click on My Computer
3) Left-click on Properties at the bottom of the list
4) Left-click on the Hardware tab
5) Left-click on Device Manager

6) In the Device Manager list, left-click on the + sign next to Disk Drives.
7) Now right-click on the name of the DVD drive.

Here you will have the options of either Uninstall, or Update Driver.
I suggest you left-click on Uninstall.
Update driver seldom works.

A warning will come up, "Warning you are about to uninstall this device, ya-da, ya-da"

It's okay. Click on OK.

Close all windows, go back to your desktop screen. Shut your computer down normally. (Start > Turn Off Computer > Turn Off)

Wait 1 minute, turn your computer on.
After Windows has loaded you should see a pop-up out of your system tray, "Found new hardware".
Plus perhaps another one, "Found XXXX DVD writer"

Still no?

Then it's time to check the above mentioned cables.
Your Dimension C521 uses a SATA optical drive. (DVD drive)

The Data, or Interface cable looks like this,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_Data_Cable.jpg

(The color of the cable may not be the same, and it may not have a 90 degree elbow connector)

It is a 7-pin connector.
Make sure it is plugged in tightly to the back of the DVD drive, and also to the SATA header on the motherboard.

NOTE*
BEFORE you reach inside your computer!

Computer unplugged from power, observe Anti-Static Precautions.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity.
Static will Fry Out (Short Circuit) the hardware components inside a computer.

Computer unplugged from power, working on a table, open the computer case.
TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case, to relieve your body of Static.

Should you get up, an walk away in the middle of working on your computer, upon your return be SURE to touch the metal frame again.

Computer unplugged from power, you're safe. TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case, your computer is safe.

Here is a link to Dell Support, and the Service Manual for the C521,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dimc521/en/SM_EN/index.htm

You will see - Removing the Computer Cover, and Replacing the Computer Cover.

In the main menu list you will also see - Technical Overview.
If you click on this heading, and then on - System Board Components, you will see the motherboard in an illustration.

Here you will see the Ram Memory slots. Below them is where the 24-pin ATX main power cable plugs in, (No.5), and to the right of the main power cable are two SATA headers, on the motherboard. (No.6)

Your SATA harddrive plugs into one of these SATA headers, and your DVD burner optical drive, plugs into the other one.

The SATA power cable going to your SATA DVD burner drive, comes from the Power Supply. It's a 15-pin connector. Looks like this,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_power_cable.jpg

Be sure it's plugged in tightly to the DVD burner drive.

It could be a bad SATA Data cable.
More than likely your DVD drive is just toast. Seen the last of it's days.

Your Dimension C521 uses a regular size SATA DVD burner drive, even though it's a Slimline style of computer.
There are MANY drives available, should you decide to replace it.

You can also use one of these drives in an external enclosure. This way you just plug it's USB cable, into any available USB port on your computer.

If I were to recommend a SATA DVD burner drive, I would recommend one of the Lite-On models.
Cost less than most, but have features, and reliability of those that cost 3 to 5 times as much!

I'm using a Lite-On model that cost $48 from a large store, but could have purchased it for $28 online.
It's a DVD SATA burner drive that will support dual layer disks, and has LightScribe Technology.
Has lasted over 4 years now, and a clients computer that I installed the same model, has lasted over 5 years now.
Zero problems.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5204603&CatId=4

(I see they're cheaper now, sheesh!)

Barring you do not wish to open your computer, and replace your DVD burner unit, here is an example of a 5.25 SATA external enclosure,

(A laptop harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. 2 and a half inches. A desktop harddrive is 3.5. An optical drive is 5.25 inches. 5 and one-fourth inches),

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2414551&CatId=2784

If you have any questions please post them/it in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

Sep 08, 2010 | Dell Dimension C521 PC Desktop

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Will a SATA DVD Burner work in my Acer aspire 380 Desktop?


Hi

Thank you for your query

The answer is yes and no

No in the sense that you only have one IDE controller which is currently feeding your CD/DVD drive and the other is 1 SATA controller that is going to your hard drive HOWEVER yes in the sense if you purchase a sata splitter for the drive and a sata splitter for the power you could power both the SATA burner and Hard drive off the main cable.

This is not recommended and you do so at your own risk

I hope this has been useful

Mar 09, 2010 | Acer Aspire E380-ED422A PC Desktop

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My CD-rom will not work after inserting CD's or DVD will not rev-up what wrong and what should I Do I Have Inspiron 531????


1.The laser optical eye of the CD-ROM drive may be dirty, and needs cleaning.
If the optical eye is dirty, it won't read the information on the disk you install.

A) Computer on, Windows loaded, open the tray of the DVD-ROM drive. (Or DVD burner drive. Whichever drive you are referring to. DVD-R/RW)
Shut the computer down normally. (Start>Turn Off Computer>Shut Down)

Unplug the computer from power.
Use a can of compressed air fror computers, and spray air into the DVD-ROM drive.

The optical eye, is located on the bottom of the DVD-ROM drive. (Or burner drive)
The opening in the bottom of the tray, that comes out for your disk, is where you spray the air.

You won't be able to see the optical eye, so how will you know you are spraying the air at the correct place?

If you start at the front of the bottom of the DVD-ROM drive, and work your way towards the back, you will clean the optical eye. Spray across from side to side, and in rows, as you proceed towards the rear.

(Air will make it's way through, and reach the optical eye. The optical eye is not visible, as it can be harmful to the human eye when operating.
Laser.
When the tray is closed the optical eye is exposed. It is not exposed to where it can harm the computer user.

More information that may be helpful, in understanding where the optical eye is located,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CD-ROM_drive

Scroll down to the heading - CD-ROM drives. Also view the photos down on the right, and the animated GIF.

http://electronics.howstuffworks.com/cd4.htm

How a CD Player Works. Same principle for your DVD-ROM and DVD burner drives )


2.Make Windows reinstall the drivers.
This solution requires physically removing the flat ribbon cable from the back of the DVD-ROM/DVD burner drive, then reattaching it.

Software advice of Updating the drivers, Rollback the drivers, or downloading, and installing the drivers, doesn't always work, or doesn't work.

If the physical solutions I am providing here does not work, we will proceed to the software solutions if you wish. (Comment)

1.Computer off, and unplugged from power. Open the computer case,

Dell Support - Dell Inspiron 531 Desktop PC - Manuals - Documentation - Removing and Installing Parts,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/inspd531/en/OM/parts.htm#wp1595069

(Removing the computer cover)

CAUTION!
BEFORE you reach inside you need to relieve your body of Static electricity!

Not trying to freak you out, just needed to catch your attention.
Static electricity, can fry out the delicate computer hardware components, inside your computer.

Touch the metal frame of the computer case.

Computer unplugged from power you are safe.
Touch the metal frame of the computer case, (AFTER you unplug the computer), the computer is safe.

In the above Manual documentation - Removing and Replacing Parts, click on - Drives

Scroll down to the heading - CD or DVD Drive
(Towards the bottom of the page)

Unplug the DATA cable from the CD-ROM drive.
(No.2 in the illustration)

[The two optical drives you have are SATA drives. Dell indicates you have a DVD-ROM drive, (Plays CD's and DVD's), and a DVD burner drive.
(Plays CD's and DVD's, and records)

DVD-R/RW is a 'Burner drive'.

If the information above is correct, you have a SATA power cable, and a SATA Data cable.
(The Data cable transfers information from the optical drive, to the computer, and vice-versa)

The SATA power cable connector, is longer than the Data cable connector.
The power cable connector has 15 pins.
The Data cable connector has 7 pins.

Information,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SATA

Scroll down to the heading,
Data

Look to the right at the photo. This is a SATA Data cable, and it's connector.
Yours may not be a bent 90 degree elbow, but it will have the L shape in the connector, and 7 pins.

Scroll down to the heading Power Supply. Look down to the right at the photo of the 15 pin SATA power cable connector.
This is Not the cable/connector you want to unplug.

Unplug the SATA Data cable from the optical drive you're referencing to.
Press the Power On button in, and hold it in for a count of Five seconds.
Let go of the Power On button.
Do this two more times.

Plug the SATA Data cable back in.
Close the computer case.
Plug the computer back into power.
WAIT 1 minute.
Turn the computer on. Try the drive.


Dec 17, 2009 | Dell Inspiron 531 Athlon 64 X2 4400+...

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My disc drive wont open, i tryed hitting it, prying, and even tearing off the front off my tower! any ideas?


in front of your cd rom disc drive you will see a very small hole, try to insert a small sharp object or pin that will fit in the hole, that is the bypass key to open the disk tray

Nov 14, 2009 | Gateway GT4016 Desktop PC

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I want to install a 2nd dvd burner. But I don't know how to hook it up. My new pc does not have the ribbons like my old one does.


If your 2nd DVD burner is on IDE interface, you may need to get an IDE to SATA cable. Please refer to the picture below as to how it looks like:

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Oct 29, 2009 | Compaq Presario 5000 PC Desktop

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Sata DVD burner


This is happening because the DVD SATA is booting like a first drive instead of the IDE Drive.
Be sure that your SATA drive is connected to a right port on your motherboard.
Go to your bios and into the boot options be sure that the IDE drive boot first than the SATA DVD.
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Another way is connecting an adaptor SATA to IDE and connect your SATA DVD Drive as second IDE on your motherboard.

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This will be fixing your problem.


Have a great day
Pablo :-)

Oct 22, 2008 | Computers & Internet

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I just had a tech do in home replacement on one of my hard drives on my hp 8020. He did not plug the dvd burner back in so the system does not find it. Where does the power plug go on the motherboard. I...


without knowing if it is a PATA or SATA I'll give you a best Guess.
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in the lower right corner are 4 connectors...white,yellow,black,blue. These are SATA data transfer connectors. If the dvd burner has a similar connector there should be a cable from here to the burner and a power connector from the power supply to the back of the burner like F in the picture below. Either connector F and M should come from the Power Supply.
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if the burner has a connector like F it is SATA, if like M then it is IDE and a flat ribbon cable would come off the IDE connector (BLUE) under the power supply 20 pin connector next to the Ram memory modules.

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HOW TO CONNECT SAMSUNG DVD SH-203N TO A ASUS MOTHERBOARD


This is a SATA DVD Burner.
There should be a sata power and sata data cable

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SATA POWER ADAPTER CABLE F is the power cable that attaches to the DVD the other end should be part of the power supply but if it isn't you would need this.



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This is the SATA DATA cable would connect to the SATA point on the motherboard to the DVD burner, if the MOBO doesn't have this type connector on it you will need an ide to sata adapter
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