When I put a disk in drive A: it reads fine. However, when I remove it and replace it with another disk, the computer will not recognize the new disk and even without the old disk in the computer it reverts back to showing only the files on the first disk. It's like a memory problem...it holds the first disk files in memory and doesn't recognize the new disk files. I've tried everything...I can only read a new disk by shutting down computer and starting fresh with the second disk. It's annoying...any ideas?
First, you should try to keep the floppy drive. If you can find one, I highly recommend getting the floppy drive cleaner diskette. They're hard to find now, but it's worth it if you want to continue to use your floppy drives. If cleaning it doesn't resolve the issue, next item to try is replacement of the floppy drive. You can borrow a floppy drive from someone, plug it in and test to side if it fixes the problem, if not, then it's either a motherboard issue (which I doubt) or a software/windows XP problem (more likely of the two). In which case I would recommend reinstalling windows XP to see if it fixes the problem before shopping for a new motherboard or a new computer.
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Are you saying your CD/DvD drive does not read any disks? If so, are you using disks that a friend made (put music on it) or are you using store bought disks (purchased a music cd from a store)? Most computers have problems with disks made by someone else at one time or another.
Click Start/My Computer and look to see if your CD/DvD drive is showing up in the list. If not, that's the problem. Remove the Power Cord, Remove the Case, then remove the two cables that plug into the CD/DvD drive then put them back in securely. Sometimes the drive just needs to be reseated. Now see if the computer see it in My Computer and if it will Read your Disks.
When you boot your machine, look and listen for the CD drive to make a click and the light on the cd drawer comes on for a second or two. That means the drive is recognized by the computer.
If all fails, Maybe your drive is broken and needs to be replaced.
Remove any media from the 3.5-inch drive, and from the CD/DVD drive, and restart your computer. If you still get the message, then the disk-drive has failed. You need to replace the disk-drive, and then reinstall Windows.
bad hard drive (physically bad sectors in the boot sector) - this means the drive needs to be replaced - buy another drive and install the operating system - slave the bad drive and copy the files you need to the new drive
If you cannot read those CD-disks in _any_ computer, then the disks are "bad".
If you can read those CD-disks, then it's time to replace the CD/DVD drive. Find a smaller computer-store -- often they will remove the "dead" drive, and install the "new" drive, for $0.00, or for a small fee, if you buy the new CD/DVD-writer from them.
Make sure you are booting from CD-ROM and not the hard drive, If that doesn't help get out your windows CD...run it until right after it formats your hard drive then stop your computer and boot with the Ubuntu disc... You will love Ubuntu...it clean not bloated, straight forward, plenty of free help and software, everything you want is available -free and works better. ...good luck (there is a learning curve, but not bad) please leave rating
You might try going to the website of the printer's manufacturer. They may have drivers online that you can download, which will bypass the issue you are currently having. If this is not the case, you might see if the manufacturer of the cd drive has updated software for the drive. Maybe this is a known issue to them. Good luck.
When you are refering to the E drive, do you mean your dvd/cd drive?.
If so 2 things to try, first a lens cleaning cd rom, secondly if still no nada, go to my computer, right click, down to properties>Hardware>Device manager.
Click the '+' sign on DVD/CDROM Drives and highlight your drive and right click then Delete.
Re-boot you PC and let windows find your drive again automatically, then try playing something again.
If still nothing it's time to replace the drive, they are very cheap nowadays.