I have a similar problem. You have a bad hard drive. If you want to use your computer, you are going to have to boot the hard drive manually. To do this, simply start the computer normally and quickly press F12 repeatedly. At the options screen, select number 2, "Hard Drive (C):" and your computer SHOULD load up normally. I hope this helps!
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Is it a CD drive, a CD burner, a DVD drive, a DVD burner or a Blu-Ray drive? Have you tested all types of cds for the drive? Do certain ones read and noth others? What version of Windows are you running? Did it stop working after a program install or a system crash?
Try this, go to your device manager and uninstall all your modem info from your computer. Restart your computer and let the drivers reinstall. Might want to have the CD for your modem. What has happened is when you reinstalled your windows it place part of your computer back to default mode. In order to place the entire computer back to factory default you have to format your hard drive than reinstall your systems disk. Only problem you lose all your info. I recommend to people to use a external hard drive these days and place all your personal information on this. If I was there I could take care of it for you. There's only so much I can send you without knowing all the facts. Try sending me more info after you try this. Feel free to contact me. JimmyC
yes you should be able to play CD on the DVD reader.
Dimension 2400 have drive slide mounted on the side of the hard drive, cd drive and floppy. they are different for each device. you need the 2 side mount for the dvd. in order to mount them in the Dell.
the drive is inserted from the inside of the box toward the front. The front panel will prevent the device from pop out.
yes, 3 party DVD, CD drive will be shorter and fater that what Dell porvide, but it will work, al long as the opening is accessable.
get the HP DVD driver.
generally all computers can handle a secondary hard drive. i myself am a dell tech. why not try to increase the wattage output of your power supply from the present 200 or 250 watts to at least 300 or 350 watts to give enough provisions for additional devices that will be connected to your computer. normally a hard drive will get burned or fried because of a loose power cable connection. data cable will never fry your hard drive. try running the hard drive diagnostics if it passes then it should work well. try also using chkdsk /r in the command prompt to fix your hard drive if the damage is not that extensive.