CD drives causing lockup.

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March 4, 2009 at 19:30:03
Specs: Windows 98, AMD / 64meg RAM
Can someone PLEASE help me? My CD drives cause a total system lockup and I can find no cause.

My setup:
2 hard drives on primary IDE cable in master - slave config.
CD Rom and CD RW in primary - slave config on IDE secondary.
A & B floppy drives (go ahead and laugh but they come in real handy! :> )
2 USB cables for cameras on 2 USB ports. (Cameras use different cable hookups.)

Windows 98 OS.
Roxio and Nero installed to burn CDs.

Roxio came with first CD burner. It worked just fine and had no problems mostly burning pics and videos to disk. I did not close the CDs out until they were full which left me with many cds that can only be read by Roxio software. CD burner went out and the replacement came with Nero software. Roxio didn't work so I installed Nero and it worked just fine for a while but then quit for some reason. If I start either one now they either don't load properly or can't find the cd drive. Explorer sees all drives.No blue screens and the reset button is the only thing that works.

Lockups ALWAYS occur but at random stages using either CD drive - sometimes when cd is inserted, sometimes when trying to access drive, sometimes when trying to access directory, sometimes when you click on a file. Both drives are now useless as I cannot burn a CD nor access a software CD! A side note: I tried to transfer photos from one camera to another once and that caused a system lockup also. Any suggestions are welcome!

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March 4, 2009 at 21:33:11
A lot of times CD burner softwares are incompatible with one another. If you still have Roxio installed you should uninstall it.

Check the condition of the IDE cable connecting the drives and also that it's firmly connected to the drives and motherboard port.

Try having just one cd device connected at a time. Try one as master and then the other. Do you still have the problem with each drive as a single?

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