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My windows XP home edition wont find my CD drive

It wont even show my cd drive in my computer, HELP!! my old CD-RW went bad so I got a new one and it is Windows Compatable but my computer is not seeing it, tried most everything, new hardware etc...

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  • Sweetpea31 Jan 03, 2008

    Okay I am going to try this, not sure what setting my BIOS is supposed be?? but I will try this and get back to you. Thank you so much this is new no one has ever told me this.

  • Sweetpea31 Jan 04, 2008

    I saw all three and they are on auto, but when tries to boot cannot find the drives

  • Anonymous Jun 22, 2008

    My PC has the pictures and movies I took, But I can't get them to burn on to a CD or DVD. I am very frustrated. Makes me want to return the camcorder. I was not told I'h have so much trouble with a sony that records so well. I am not happy at all. HELP

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    My windows XP home edition wont find my CD drive problem



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It says auto on all three and then when tries to boot cannot find them?

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I'm not sure if you've already done these things or not, but this is what I would do:

Reboot and enter the BIOS setup. There should be an indication on the screen of how to enter the BIOS setup during the startup. It's typically something like the Delete Key or Function Key.

Check to see if the BIOS recognizes the CD-RW drive. If it does then your problem is most likely in Windows. If the drive is not visible in the BIOS then a number of things are possible. Is the drive set to Master, Slave, or Cable Select? Is it on the right setting? Have you tried both of the IDE connectors?

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Posted on Jan 01, 2008

  • ohiotom Jan 03, 2008

    There should not be anything you need to change in the BIOS for this, you just want to check if the BIOS "sees" the drive.

  • ohiotom Jan 04, 2008

    You said you tried everything you could think of, so if I'm repeating things you've tried...sorry.

    Here's a Microsoft link:

    Inside this link there's another link to a page that lists all supported hardware. I'll bet your drive is on the list, but it's worth checking.

    Have you used Device Manager yet? If not, right click on My Computer, select Properties, then the Hardware tab and click on Device Manager. Is your drive listed under DVD/CD-ROM Drives? If it is, are there any exclamation points or question marks by it?

    A couple other ideas:

    I saw some postings on the web from people with similar problems. Among the suggestions to them were:

    - Uninstall/reinstall your burning software (what are you using?)

    - In Device Manager under IDE/ATAPI Controllers remove the primary and secondary IDE channels....exit and reboot, windows will reinstall them

    Also, I'm not certain what the BIOS will do if the drive is plugged in but there's a conflict if multiple drives are set as either Master or Slave, or if there's only one drive and it's set to Slave, but it's worth checking. Is this the only drive on the IDE channel? Is it set to Master, Slave, or Cable Select?



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