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How do install two optical systems in my dell 4600

Which drive should be connected first on cable, the cd/rw or cd/rom?

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SOURCE: dell e510 cd dvd rw not working

Try going into your Device manager start right click on my computer click on properties then click hardware tab. Under this tab click device Manager. Under disc drives find the drive that you are having problems with and right click on it. Then try to update drivers. If this dose not work do the same thing but this time uninstall the drive. After it uninstalls go to your controll pannel and click on add hardware. It should find and reinstall the cd rom and it's associated files and hopefully work once again.

Posted on Apr 29, 2008

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SOURCE: DVD drive bay

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.

Posted on Nov 04, 2008

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SOURCE: BIOS failure ??? DEll Systems OptiPlex GX270 Series

this may or may not help, try taking out the cmos battery out (looks like a watch battery) and leave for a few minutes then replace, this will reset the bios.

Posted on Nov 17, 2008

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SOURCE: Dell Optiplex GX280 Probem with DVDRW

Make sure that you have it set up in the cmos. Thats the first thing you need to do to ensure that it can be read via windows. If its not recognized by the board, windows wont see it either. When the system starts up .. select F2 key to access the cmos. Under system it should provide you with a list of devices installed on your computer. If you do not see your sony drive listed, then you will need to add it. Scroll through the list and determine if it is a master or slave and if it is a primary or secondary device connection. If you have it set up on the same cable as your harddrive, you will need to set the jumper on the CDRW as a slave so that there is no conflict between the two. Did you install all the drivers for the drive into windows as well??? I hope this helps. If you require further assistance, please dont hesitate to ask.

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SOURCE: Dell Dimension 3000 CD/DVD drives not working

You can download the drivers from dell website,, and many other sites. Download, then double click on them to install them. Once installed, reset pc.

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Internal dvd/cd-rom

Looks like the answer is yes. Call to be sure. For prices and availability of parts and upgrades for this system, call 1-800-357-3355. Give them the service tag number and they will be able to tell you for sure.

Assembly 24X CD-RW/DVD Combo Drive Usually Ships 3-4 DaysManufacturer Part# R3117 Dell Part# R3117
Starting Price spacer.gif $109.95

Apr 14, 2010 | Dell LATITUDE D400 D500 D505 D600 D800...


If Cannot Boot to Media From Optical Drive

· Confirmed the CD is bootable and has been pressed commercially.
· Verified that the drive is detected by the BIOS.
· The drive is seen by BIOS.
· All onscreen instructions are being followed.
· Verified the boot sequence is configured correctly.
· Reset System Setup (BIOS) defaults and cleared NVRAM on your Dell Dimension system.
· Flashed the BIOS to the most current version available.
· Reseated the CD drive cables.
· Swapped with a known good drive.
· There is no drive available to swap.
· Replaced the optical drive.
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I have a HP model dvd1040i-H16 Super Muti DVD Writer Man.Date april 2007.I'm trying to install in a Dell GX 260 is this player a IDIE Cable or Sata?I don't think Dell supports Sata is there some way to...

Should be IDE cable...IDE interface according to the specs. You computer has IDE connections so the drive should work.
Product Specification Model HP DVD1040i Lightscribe 20X DVD Burner/Black/Retail Manufacturer HP Mfr Part # DVD1040i Buffer 2MB Interface IDE
  • Internal DVD ±R/±RW drive with DVD±R up to 20X, double-layer recording, DVD-RAM, and LightScribe direct disc labeling
  • Software CD including electronic user's guide
  • Quick-Start placemat
  • Getting Help guide
  • Installation screws
  • Nero 7 Essentials
Data Transfer Rate (Read)
  • DVD-ROM up to 16X (CAV)
  • CD-ROM up to 48x (CAV)
  • Data Transfer Rate (Write)
  • DVD+R up to 20X (CAV)
  • DVD+RW up to 8X (ZCLV)
  • DVD-R up to 20X (CAV)
  • DVD-RW up to 6X (ZCLV)
  • DVD+R Double Layer up to 8X (ZCLV)
  • DVD-R Dual Layer up to 8X (CLV)
  • DVD-RAM up to 12X (PCAV)
  • CD-R up to 48x (CAV)
  • CD-RW up to 32x (ZCAV)
  • Access time
  • DVD 160 ms
  • CD 160 ms (typical)
  • Supported Disc
  • CD Text, CD Extra, CD-DA (audio), CD-I, CD-ROM XA, Photo CD, Video CD, CD-ROM
  • OS requirement
  • Windows 2000 Professional SP4
  • Windows XP Home edition
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Warranty 1 Year Weight 3.3 lbs

    Jan 12, 2010 | HP DVD1040i 20x Super Multiformat Dvd...

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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.
    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,

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

    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,

    (Removing the computer cover)

    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.


    Scroll down to the heading,

    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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    How do I install the CD Rom drive ?

    Go to the website below:

    Download the CDrom driver. and Install it. It may be a good idea to check whether the IDE cable and power cable are connected, if you know how to do that

    Dec 05, 2009 | Computers & Internet

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    I'd like to replace the cd-rom with a cr-rw. The unit is currently in a dell optiplex sx280 mini desktop

    just open cpu cover and remove cd rom from it replaced it with your cd rw then connect power cable and ide cable to motherbord and to cd rw.
    Thanks for using fixta.
    Please rate solution if it helps.

    Jul 27, 2009 | Samsung SN 124 (SN-124) Internal 24x...

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    Dell 4600 dimension cd-rw@cd-rom drivers

    There is no need of any driver or software. First check your BIOS(i.e. keep jabbing the DEL key when you start ur PC, able background with letters in white will come up. Go to The Chipset/IDE Drive option where it shows which Hard Disk is and see if it recogonize you CD ROM/RW) Otherwise when this screen appears(BIOS) simply chose default settings(F%) or Fail-Safe and save & exit(F10). Continue boot-up Then open my Computer to see if it shows your CD ROM/RW, if not open the side panel of your CPU and locate the ROM/RW Bay. At its rear end are two sets of cable 4 for power & a 20/40 pin where a whitish flat cable(strip) is connected. Gently press all such that there are no loose connections. Reboot and now u should have solved ur problem....sodeep

    Mar 24, 2009 | Dell Dimension 4600 PC Desktop

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    Pc died

    Hello, I have had similar problems with that same motherboard in the past and have found that resetting the cmos (see users manual) or just taking the battery of the motherboard for a few minutes can solve this. CAUTION please remove the power lead on your tower before touching any components inside, and earth yourself first by touching metal.. as static discharge kills pc components..
    Hope this helps.....

    Sep 09, 2008 | ASUS K8N4-E Deluxe Motherboard

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    Replacement DVD-Rom has video but no audio

    You should be able to get sound thru the IDE cable (this is the same type of cable also referred to as a ribbon cable, your hard drive connects in the same way) that is connecting your drive to the motherboard. turn the pc off and unplug power and reseat this cable on both ends be careful as the pins are fragile and will break

    if this doesn't fix your problem let me know and we will try anotherr solution

    Sep 01, 2008 | Dell DVD-ROM for Dimension (6t903)...

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    Is it possible to run two CD drives with the jump cable?

    The Latitude CPx only has the capability of running 2 IDE devices (1 HDD, 1 CD-ROM) The optical drive can be connect via the drive bay in the chassis or the Cable. If Optical drive is connected via cable only the floppy can be used in the bay.

    In short, you can't use 2 optical drives at once.

    Jun 08, 2008 | Dell Latitude CPX Notebook

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