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I found that my 2004 e machines T3265 tower with SP3 Windows XP Home was having trouble burning dvd's it also did not seem to know that there were dvd's inside it, so i got fed up and went to Fryes to buy a Pioneer DVR-A18 DVD Writer. when i got home and installed it (using rubber gloves) i found that while the deck opened and closed, it did not play anything. when i went to device manager and listed my hardware, the DVR was NOT listed, i had used the cd rom that came with it via the cd player, and rebooted, but nothing, i right clicked and scanned for hardware changes but there were none. it still only showed me the CD player. i tried putting the other one back in temporarily to see if the DVD deck showed in the "My computer" window or the device manager and still its like it doesn't exist either, so i put the new one back in and firmly secured the prongs in the back and am now befuddled as to why my comp doesnt see my new device. i looked for a Pioneer DVR a18 driveer but every site on the net wants to charge and it's not even specific for my problem. i did a registry fix with cc cleaner and am doing a virus malware scan next.what gives?

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  • Tony Mar 12, 2011

    is this SATA or IDE DVD drive?

  • David Petry Mar 12, 2011

    Maybe a silly question but, when you go to device manger, are you clicking on the little plus sign on the right so it will drop down and show all devices?

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If only the power wiring is connected to the new device, you will get exactly these symptoms. Is the data cable, either SATA or IDE, connected? If it is, I would check to see that both ends of the data cable are firmly seated and connected. If all of these check out okay, the IDE or SATA channel may be turned off in BIOS.

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As you have SP3, I would have thought that Microsoft would have a generic driver for the Pioneer Drive.
There will be no new drivers as XP is an obsolete system.
What gets me is why your system can't see a drive is there. Usually, when replacing/upgrading drives the BIOS will throw a wobbly and sort it out in the end. Why doesn't yours?
Stroky beard time......
I think there must be a conflict here that is not showing up. CC Cleaner is not bad but try www.iobit.com and use the registry cleaner first followed by CHKDSK/F then disconnect the DVD/CD drive, boot up and make sure there is no DVD shown in your BIOS.
Re boot after fitting a drive that is configured either as SLAVE if on the same port/cable or MASTER if on its own and go to BIOS and check it is there before going any further.
Hope you are successfull.

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Try to see if the bios can see the dvd optical drive. if the bios get it then is not hardware malfunction, so try to see if the device can read dvds, example use a windows install dvd or cd and try to make it boot just to test not trying to install windows. if that works, reset the computer, you already know that is not optical reader malfunction and it can read disks. if so and windows still refuse to work with it I recommend you to do a windows reinstall, because normally not just virus damage your windows but malware or just windows crashes make the OS defective.
So if all fail then try with OS reinstall, because normally I had never ever need a driver to make an optical reader to work on any windows.
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You might need to update or repair the driver for your ide controller.

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