CD drive not being detected

March 1, 2009 at 11:32:03
Specs: Windows XP
I have a cd drive in my computer. It is not being detected by my computer. when i go to "my computer" it is not there, nor is it in device manager. It opens, so there is no problem with the power.

my computer is a dell inspiron 1200,


if you need anymore information i can surely post it (as long as you tell me how to post it, this is my first time on this website)


once in a while, it will show up at random. but will no longer be detected if i shut my computer down.


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#1
March 1, 2009 at 12:39:58
Was this CD drive working before?

You need to watch the POST screens at startup to see if the drive is seen by the BIOS there. If not then Windows will not be able to see it either.

Some items to troubleshoot if the drive isn't showing in the POST screens. Loose data cable, disabled drive controller in BIOS, or drive may be defective.


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#2
March 1, 2009 at 14:07:58
if you need anymore information i can surely post it (as long as you tell me how to post it, this is my first time on this website)

You Post more information, near the bottom of this page, where it says
"Post Reply"


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#3
March 1, 2009 at 18:40:53
It used to work. but hasn't worked for some time. I'm still learning about this but "bios" is when you press F2 (or at least thats what it is on my computer) when your computer is starting up?


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#4
March 1, 2009 at 19:10:14
I think that is what key is used on Dell computers. The screen will say hit XX to enter setup.

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