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I am installing a LITE ON sata dvd drive will I need drivers and if so will the drivers come with the device Anything else to observe

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No, you will not need any "special" driver for a DVD drive. Just plug it in and it will work. If it is a "retail" drive then DVD player software will come with it. You might need that software for the DVD video codec. OEM drives do not come with any software.

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Memorex mrx550l dvd writer


What is the specific problem you have connecting this internal drive? This is an internal SATA optical drive for a desktop with a standard 5 1/4" drive opening. Many optical drives ship as OEM devices; you will need to reuse the data and power cable from a previous drive or purchase a SATA data cable (7 pin). A locking cable can help keep the cable connected to the drive. If your power supply (PSU) doesn't have SATA power connectors (15 pin), you will need an IDE to SATA adapter. Most online cable shops have the best prices for these.

If your computer doesn't have a SATA port available, you need to add a controller card or use a SATA to IDE converter.

If your case is a ultra-small form factor, you may have a modified optical drive opening. These cases use a slim optical drive (mostly sold as laptop drives). In that case, get an external 5 1/4" enclosure or a USB to SATA adapter.

If you have the drive in the computer, press the Eject button. If that works, then the power cable to the drive is fine. Check the data cable to both the drive and the motherboard. My old computer had SATA connections on the motherboard that would not allow the cable to lock. When I bumped anything in the case, I had to check that the cable was re-secured.

What OS are you using? For most versions of Windows, your OS should have the correct driver or find it with Windows Update (if the computer is on the network). Try launching Windows Update and checking if an optional driver is waiting to be installed. I don't know if Unix or Mac OSX drivers exist for this drive. You may need a different optical drive.

The drive should now be listed in the storage devices (Computer/My Computer). If you can't read files, try another disk. If it still doesn't work, try cleaning the lens or a different drive. Some drives are sensitive to the power supply for burning optical discs.

I hope these suggestions help. Please add a comment with the specific problem and case/OS that you are using for additional solutions.

Cindy Wells

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Replacing DVD/CD drive


Look inside of your tower, you will have a few different cords connecting to your DVD/CD drive.

It should either have a 4 pin Molex connector and an IDE or a Sata connector and power.

The IDE cable looks like this:
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The Molex connector looks like this:
http://assets.hardwarezone.com/2009/img/data/articles/2004/1215/tutorial-4pin_molex_power_conn.jpg

IDE is an older tech that uses a 4 pin molex to connect it.

Now, if you have something that looks like this:
http://www.sierra-cables.com/Cables/images/SATA-Signal-Cable-1.jpg

It uses Sata, and the power cable looks like it as well, it's just longer.

To make sure the DVD drive you're working will work with the current DVD/CD's you have, just look on the front of the CD you are going to use, in truth it usually should work with anything. It's even RW so you can re-write data to RW CD/DVD types.

Pretty much, just make sure that it uses the same power type and data connector as your current one. Power type being the 4pin molex or the Sata power plug. Data type being the IDE cable or the Sata cable.

If it matches, it will work :) I hope this helps.

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Windows 7 install stops and reports that a required driver for the CD/DVD drive device is missing.


you need to load the device driver prior to starting the install as it looks as if the windows installation drivers do not support your DVD drive. Get the driver on a USB stick and load it at the first of the install.

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I pulled a jumper off sli motherboard my cd rom is not reading disks alienware alx


Assuming you can eject disks, and the drive is appearing in my computer / windows explorer, check the SATA (usually red) cable connected between your drive and motherboard, If it is correctly connected try using another SATA port on your motherboard, if that doesnt work you can try going into the bios (usually by pressing delete as it is booting) then checking to see if the drive is being detected, you should see it in SATA devices, and also in your boot menu. If it isnt there its a hardware problem.. replace cables, try using the SATA port from one of your Hard drives.

If the drive is in showed in bios, and
is not appearing in my computer / windows explorer, go into control panel, system, hardware, device manager (if using XP, other versions of windows also have device manager) if there is a yellow question mark next to the dc/dvd drive, run the installation cd for your drive, or right click, update driver, run through the wizard selecting the location where you saved the drivers.

If it is installed correctly, and you have tried numerous disks, making sure they are not dvd's if its a cd drive, the you can try downloading the bios file from the manafacturers website and updating following their instructions

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My internal CD/DVD drive and Burner quit working. Will not run a CD or DVD. Computer does not even recognize it as a drive. Can this be fixed or what kind of external drive can i get?


As I'm sure you are aware a CD/DVD drive is a mechanical device. It's 'lifespan' is rated in hours of usage. With the C521 being 4 years of age, I wouldn't think the DVD dual-layer burner drive would be defunct. Does depend on how much it's been used.

Ordinarily I would state cleaning the optical eye in the CD/DVD drive, and also reinstalling the drivers, if a disk is not recognized. However the, " Computer does not recognize it as a drive.", statement concerns me.

Suggest you try the software approach first of reinstalling the drivers, then if you wish go on to the hardware approach, of checking to see if the data, and/or power cable is loose on the DVD drive.

Reinstalling the Drivers:

The main method;
1) Left-click on Start
2) Right-click on My Computer
3) Left-click on Properties at the bottom of the list
4) Left-click on the Hardware tab
5) Left-click on Device Manager

6) In the Device Manager list, left-click on the + sign next to Disk Drives.
7) Now right-click on the name of the DVD drive.

Here you will have the options of either Uninstall, or Update Driver.
I suggest you left-click on Uninstall.
Update driver seldom works.

A warning will come up, "Warning you are about to uninstall this device, ya-da, ya-da"

It's okay. Click on OK.

Close all windows, go back to your desktop screen. Shut your computer down normally. (Start > Turn Off Computer > Turn Off)

Wait 1 minute, turn your computer on.
After Windows has loaded you should see a pop-up out of your system tray, "Found new hardware".
Plus perhaps another one, "Found XXXX DVD writer"

Still no?

Then it's time to check the above mentioned cables.
Your Dimension C521 uses a SATA optical drive. (DVD drive)

The Data, or Interface cable looks like this,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_Data_Cable.jpg

(The color of the cable may not be the same, and it may not have a 90 degree elbow connector)

It is a 7-pin connector.
Make sure it is plugged in tightly to the back of the DVD drive, and also to the SATA header on the motherboard.

NOTE*
BEFORE you reach inside your computer!

Computer unplugged from power, observe Anti-Static Precautions.

Anti-Static Precautions:
Your body carries Static electricity.
Static will Fry Out (Short Circuit) the hardware components inside a computer.

Computer unplugged from power, working on a table, open the computer case.
TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case, to relieve your body of Static.

Should you get up, an walk away in the middle of working on your computer, upon your return be SURE to touch the metal frame again.

Computer unplugged from power, you're safe. TOUCH the metal frame of the open computer case, your computer is safe.

Here is a link to Dell Support, and the Service Manual for the C521,

http://support.dell.com/support/edocs/systems/dimc521/en/SM_EN/index.htm

You will see - Removing the Computer Cover, and Replacing the Computer Cover.

In the main menu list you will also see - Technical Overview.
If you click on this heading, and then on - System Board Components, you will see the motherboard in an illustration.

Here you will see the Ram Memory slots. Below them is where the 24-pin ATX main power cable plugs in, (No.5), and to the right of the main power cable are two SATA headers, on the motherboard. (No.6)

Your SATA harddrive plugs into one of these SATA headers, and your DVD burner optical drive, plugs into the other one.

The SATA power cable going to your SATA DVD burner drive, comes from the Power Supply. It's a 15-pin connector. Looks like this,

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:SATA_power_cable.jpg

Be sure it's plugged in tightly to the DVD burner drive.

It could be a bad SATA Data cable.
More than likely your DVD drive is just toast. Seen the last of it's days.

Your Dimension C521 uses a regular size SATA DVD burner drive, even though it's a Slimline style of computer.
There are MANY drives available, should you decide to replace it.

You can also use one of these drives in an external enclosure. This way you just plug it's USB cable, into any available USB port on your computer.

If I were to recommend a SATA DVD burner drive, I would recommend one of the Lite-On models.
Cost less than most, but have features, and reliability of those that cost 3 to 5 times as much!

I'm using a Lite-On model that cost $48 from a large store, but could have purchased it for $28 online.
It's a DVD SATA burner drive that will support dual layer disks, and has LightScribe Technology.
Has lasted over 4 years now, and a clients computer that I installed the same model, has lasted over 5 years now.
Zero problems.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=5204603&CatId=4

(I see they're cheaper now, sheesh!)

Barring you do not wish to open your computer, and replace your DVD burner unit, here is an example of a 5.25 SATA external enclosure,

(A laptop harddrive is 2.5 inches across in width. 2 and a half inches. A desktop harddrive is 3.5. An optical drive is 5.25 inches. 5 and one-fourth inches),

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2414551&CatId=2784

If you have any questions please post them/it in a Comment.

Regards,
joecoolvette

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