I have a PC running Windows XP SP2. Some time last year I replaced my old faulty DVD-ROM drive with a new AOpen DUW 1616/ARR DVD Reader/Writer. All I did was simply disconnect the old drive and connect the new one in the same place with the same cables (both are IDE drives). While the new AOpen drive performs superby, there is one annoying problem that I've never been able to solve. For some reason, every time I reboot this machine now, the HD access light on the case will come on and STAY on until I open the AOpen's drive door and close it again. After that it acts normally. Any ideas what might cause this and how to fix it?
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Re: Drive light gets stuck on at reboot
Try swapping the Jumper block ( Small plastic pin connector ) on The Back Of the DVD Drive. If using both Hard-Drive And DVD Drive on the Same IDE Cable. The DVD Should be set as Master And Hard-Drive As Slave, Or Vice versa.
Failing This, put The Hard Drive On Primary IDE Channel, And DVD On Secondary Channel.
These suggestions, have been made as it appears from your problem listed, that the 2 drives Are Conflicting with each Other.
Finally, is to try a different 4 pin ( Molex ) power cable to either device/Drive. if you have a single rail Power supply unit. the 2 units sharing a joint power cable, may be draining the PSU.
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to fix the problem you must open your laptop check the hardware inside of your laptop hardisk thats the problem try to unplug cables of hardisk to plug again or replace new hardware hardisk if not solve the problem
To isolate the issue please perform following steps.
Click Start and select Run . In the Run box type devmgmt.msc and press enter. This will open Device Manager.
Click on + sign next to CD/DVD drive and right click on all the devices listed unde CD/DVD drive and select uninstall. Then restart the notebook. This will automatically install CD/DVD drive drivers. This should resolve the issue. However, if the issue persists please download and install following dougnox patch if you are using XP operating system.
On boot go into your BIOS and set your CD/DVD ROM drive to first in the boot order options, then with the CD/DVD in the drive reboot your computer and wait for a prompt to "Press any key to boot to this CD" and do so (you'll only have a couple of seconds so be ready or reboot again) and you then will be taken through the loading of files until you get to your partition/install screen options, where you'll delete the partition that your OS is on, then create a new one and then format that partition and install XP on it.
It's very possible that while you were swapping out the dvd-rom you in bumped other data cables & power cables to other devices, just enough to cause the bios not to see them. Re-check all connectors & power cables. Start the system. Still no windows? Enter the bios make sure your devices are showing up. Like your hard drive floppy & dvd-rom. If you have to pull the cables off & reconnect them.
Try physically removing the player and fire up the laptop. Power down the laptop, replace the player and power back up. If that doesn't help, see if BIOS recognizes it. If that doesn't work, get back to me. Ron-
Sounds like more of a software problem, I've had my dvd drive only show up as a cd drive but i think that was only in windows 98? Many problems will start showing up when your disk is very full. Try deleting some old files until you have 25% free space (only 75% full) or 20% free (80 full) at the minimum, then defragment. I recommend using a 3rd party program such as Diskeeper, since windows defrag Isn't very good. If you can not free up enough space because all of your things are too important to delete, think about buying an external hard drive to back up too, or simply look for a bigger hard drive of the laptop and copy the old hard drives contents to the new one using something like norton ghost. Most likely you would need a laptop hdd to desktop hdd converter, which is like $5 or less, so you can copy the contents since laptops can only have one hard drive (usually). If you can't do this or don't want to try it, bring your laptop to a pc repair shop and they will transfer your data to a bigger hdd for you for a nominal fee. Remember, I do not guarantee this to fix your dvd problem, but it is a good idea to do it anyways to increase performance and reliability.