New custom-built PC not detecting CD-drive?

December 24, 2009 at 21:56:29
Specs: Windows XP
I just built a computer for the first time and I'm trying to install the operating system, but my IDE CD-drive isn't showing up in the BIOS so my Windows XP installation discs can't be read. The drive powers on and I can stick a CD in, but it's not being detected by the computer.

I should note that the drive is connected to the motherboard via an IDE to SATA converter (totally correctly according to the installation instructions) because my mobo has no IDE slots.

The optical drive is supposed to show up in the BIOS, right? It doesn't require any drivers to be installed beforehand? I'm just trying to diagnose my exact problem is here.


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December 28, 2009 at 09:42:41
i would strongly suspect that your IDE/SATA converter is the problem. is there no driver installation required?

yes, your optical drive should show up in the BIOS. If it's not, there's no point in trying to access disks with it. Step 1 is Get the Bios to see the optical drive.

do you have an IDE hard disk drive (HDD)? you could replace the optical drive with that IDE HDD as a test to see if the SATA/IDE converter is working. if the HDD doesn't show up either, you know it's the converter.

other simple troubleshooting steps would be to try another IDE cable, another SATA cable, and another SATA port on the mobo, but i doubt the problem is with any of these components.


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