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Dell Dimension 4600 will not reconize cd or dvd drive

I have updated the bios switched the ribbons and the cd to a dvd drive
it will not reconize either a cd or dvd drive in the bios or windows

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  1. ensure the drives are jumpered Cable select.
  2. Boot to the BIOS, turn on Caps Lock, Scroll Lock, Numlock. Then press ALT+E (You should hear one beep) then ALT+F (You should hear one beep) if you have no floppy disk drive, turn off the Floppy Drive and the diskette controller the ALT+B to save and reboot.

Posted on Mar 01, 2009

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Turn the computer off.
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Remove the side-cover.
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If you are trying to boot off an Windows Installation disc then you might have a problem. On some computer the CD-ROM drive won't be able to read the operating system disc.

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rite click it go to properties and then hardware
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Download the six winxp install floppies,,from bootdisk.com and install that way.
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Dimension 4600 cd/dvd drives not responding


Try uninstalling them in devive manager then rebooting and see 
if they are reinstalled automaticaly as drivers should be in xp already.

Just right click on them and select uninstall.

If that doesnt work then try update drivers and let xp search online for them.

Failing that then try changing the cable thats attatched to the motherboard.

Hope that helps? :)

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