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Ok... my problem is that my computer wont detect my cdrom. my bios is off.. I don`t know how many cylinders or sections it has and it wont pick it up on auto? what do I do? I know that something is a quantum fireballp lm20.4.. dont know it thats my cdrom or my hard drive. ;(

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Before the BIOS can detect any piece of hardware the drivers must be loaded. The best place to get the most current drivers is the manufacturers website. If you received CD ROMs with your purchase there should be a driver disc there also. You could load that one first just get it started then go to the manuf website.
Another thing you can check is Device Manager. Device Manager will show all of your hardware. Find your CD ROM device in Device Manager, right click on it and update drivers. This should take are of your problems.

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