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Dell 9200 desktop. New motherboard, recognizes DVD drive, won't recognize CD-RW. As machine boots, it does show the CD-RW on SATA port 2. Windows XP. Any suggestions? Fixing for a friend since Dell are pretty much buy & dispose. He's short of $$$$. Everything else should be done. Updates & patches for all installed.

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  • jamiep76 Mar 15, 2008


    HDD is SATA Port 00, DVD is Port 01 & CD-RW is on Port 02. Worked with ginko & we think the drive is broke or just might not work with the Dell properly. It sees it in set up but never in My Computer. We switched DVD & CD-RW SATA ports & it followed the drive.

  • jamiep76 Mar 15, 2008

    Thanks to all!! I'm really glad I found this site. I'll try things & report back. I really appreciate things & I'll recommend this site to my friends.


  • jamiep76 Mar 16, 2008

    I think we have a bad drive. Gonna go to local Computer Deli & pick up another one.

    Thanks all!

  • Steve Carpenter May 11, 2010

    How are the drives (including hard disks) arranged on the IDE and SATA interfaces?



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Hey. How do i get my motherboard out ?
How do i open my dell 9200 and take my old motherboard out and get a nem motherboard inside in my 9200 ?
I have try to open my dell 9200 byt something are holding..
Are there some clips or something there holding my pc together or what ?

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I agree with Flame777, but there're two other things you can try.

Firstly, it's a long shot but check in BIOS that ALL of the SATA interfaces are enabled. like I said, it's a long shot but an old Fatal1ty AN8 SLI board of mine had a similar problem where you could enable\disable individual SATA channels.

Secondly, have a look for updated BIOS for your motherboard and check the changelogs in more recent versions if available to see if it's a problem that's been recognised and addressed.

Hope this has been helpful,


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1st question... does the cd-rw recognizes (read) standard cd's... if so it just a driver prob.. if not then find the incidence of the device in the Device manager, delete it and restart thecomputer. Also.. you may go to the dell website and re install any available driver. One last measure... rare but sometimes the connection are loose and not seated properly..

Turn off the computer, unplug, open case push on ALL the connectors and are seated..(including memory)....

If all that fails then its a bad drive... also rare but a lot more common with mass produced comp. It may still be under warranty and at worst ;you may have to pay ship and handling.

pleas email and notify fixya if this helps.

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