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> unable to read any CD or DVD. Its detected in device manager but cant ready media. Can you hear it "spinning" the media? If not, you have a "defective" unit (motors or bearings). If it spins, but nothing is read, then you have a "defective" unit (dead laser).
Take it back to where you bought it, and get them to test it, to prove that it is "bad", and then for them to replace it.
> in Hardware details it shows HL-DT-ST DVD RAM GH24NS50 SCSI CDROM Device.
Normal for most SATA devices.
> it shows as HT-DT-ST CD-RW GCE-8526B ATA device.
When you install a DVD RW; a few things to consider. Locate a IDE connection to your motherboard. (do you need to share with the cdrom already in the pc or not?) You need to ensure the jumpers are set right. there are 3 spots on the back labled "CS/MA/SL" (on the lg, these are typically stamped into the top) The "first" drive on the wire is "ma" the second is 'sl" or ensure both are set to "cs" (which is cable select) this will ensure they can be detected. Hook up a power connection to the drive (use anyone that is free) OF COURSE, ensure your computer is OFF before you do this.
Quite a significant number of users are having the same problem and all sorts of ideas are being thrashed about. Some fixes seem extreme and others are lengthy. Working thru the issue so far I have found it is not a dvd driver issue and is not a bios setting issue or a faulty ide cable. I wish it was that easy. I am now leaning more towards it being an issue with the ide detection in the setup. First off make sure all your drivers are up-to-date for your motherboard especially the ide/ata drivers. I thought mine were but when I checked windows update it had them in there as optional downloads. I also used driver genius so I could refer to the drivers independently during windows 7 setup. However, it still FAILED. I am now thinking it could be because I am using a dual ide cable for my main hdd and dvd. I would seperate them so they run on independent cables but only have one ide slot on the motherboard. So I am going to have to install windows onto a raid/gigabyte driver and use the ide cable just for the dvd then give that a go. I am thinking it is this that is causing the error with windows 7 because I had a similar issue with installing vista with a motherboard that used raid/gigabyte hdds and it did not like it. We had to use a pci card and run the drives from that as vista would not detect them plugged into the mb. Hope this may help. Those error messages with ms are never as clear and obvious as they seem but I certainly would not go getting a new dvd drive thinking that will fix the problem because it could be the ide setup.
attach another drive to your system boot your system with bootable windows cd and make your system drive c install windows in c drive this problem is incounter when u install the window in other drive than c
I'm going to try to figure out what the ramifications of doing this are...in the meantime I'm just curious. How in the name of all that is holy did you manage to get the connector in there inverted? I have a hard enough time getting them in there correctly sometimes! :)
btw, was this a molex conncetor or SATA?
If you only think youve installed correctly, double check the jumpers on back whether master or slave depending on which ide cable is used and whether there are two devices or one on the ide cable.
was the cdrom recognised by windows when it was rebooted after install and automatically installed?
check on the device manager on the ide/atapi controllers see if ultra dma is being used.