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DVD/CD ROM problem (Dimension 5150)

Hi, not sure if these problems are related, I recently had a problem with the start button flashing amber which made it impossible to boot up, this problem has been resolved by re'insertion of the battery, however, since this problem occured I have been unable to use my CD rom, after checking my Explore folder, I notice the DVD icon is no longer displayed, the CD rom drawer still opens and closes, the green light flashes on the DVD display as if trying to play the disk, I get the impression there could be a driver problem but I am only a will be greatly appreciated.

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  • tate69 Jan 27, 2008

    Hello, thank you for your help and advice, I hope you don't mind me contacting you again, just wanted to tell you what I found before attempting to make any changes (which I would need instruction for)

    In the boot sequence window...

    1. Onboard or USB floppy drive

    2. Onboard SATA hard drive

    3. Onboard or CD-Rom drive (not present)

    4. USB device (not present)

    5. Onboard IDE Hard drive (not present)

    Hoping that you may make some sense of this, the fact that it shows these drives as not present is quite worrying to me!

    Thanks again.


  • tate69 Jan 28, 2008

    Thank you so much for your help.....problem now resolved.


  • nbenson Dec 06, 2008

    I have a Dell Deminsion 5150 and it will not boot from CD Rom or Hard Drive. In the system setup is it showig
    CD Rom - present
    Onboard SATA HD (not present)

    Anyone have a solution to fix this?

  • vukasin Feb 24, 2009

    my problem is the same i gues. I dont see my CD drive in "My computer"
    and i don't see it in setup (F2) it is not present...i tried to instal a firmware for my cd drive. it' a GSA-H21N model but  nothing. i don't see it even in device manager.

    does anyone can help me with this?


  • aetvette Feb 25, 2009

    on button flashes amber , after 3 or 4 minutes it will stop flashing and we can turn it on . it will work all day you can shute it off and on but if it sits over night we have same problem



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You cleared the bios settings by removing the battery.
Go into the dell bios at startup F2
make sure it sees the cd rom drive
then save and exit
should fix the issue

Posted on Jan 26, 2008

  • Karl Whisenand
    Karl Whisenand Jan 27, 2008

    See this dell page

    go to page system setup screens
    see that they are enabled (hit enter to change)
    if you still cannot make it see the cd rom drive and as you were inside the case then reopen case and be sure that you did not knock the cables loose from the cd drive. go to the back of cd 2 cables follow to board and be certain they are seated well.



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