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Cd-rom drive A friend installed a second hard-drive and shortly afterwards the cd-rom drive stopped reading cd's. The cd-rom drive is still read under my computer, I can put cd's in they just won't read for some reason. And sometimes the drive will open and close automatically. I have tried re-installing drivers and nothing works. What should I do

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Try to separate the ide cable. /

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