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My cd/dvd drive does not work - previously working fine - could be after trying to copy a dvd a couple of weeks ago. any ways i can prevent reformatting hard drive and reloading xp again. everything else works fine.

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Hi,
you should,nt have to re-format or setup xp again.
1:) check the computer for viruses. viruses-trojans et,c malicious software can lock off drives.
2:) go into start/control panel/system/device manager.
click on cd/dvd drive if it,s there, uninstall it. restart the computer, you should then get a message new hardware found.
install drivers as necessary.
3:) check the drives cables. the 4 pin molex connecter ( plastic block ) with 1 red 1 yellow 2 blacks, to ensure it,s connected correctly. or try an alternative one if available.
Also check the 40-80 pin ide cable.
4:) try a secondary cable ( 40 pin ) on the secondary connector from the motherboard ( if not in use ) set drive as a master.

Hope this helps.

Mike @ compurepair.

Posted on Mar 29, 2008

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