Solved XP IBM NetVista desktop stopped recognizing disc Drive

April 10, 2013 at 05:52:11
Specs: Windows XP
I need to upgrade the bios on my IBM netvista 8148 25U. I cannot find the cd drives that are installed on the computer. All of a sudden, I have lost the ability to use my cd drives, they were working, and now they are gone. Just like the 3 previous times that my system boards came up with blown capacitors, and the company (Lenovo) replaced them and it fixed the problem each time. I am concerned that if it has happened again, I might be out of luck. The first board was replaced by IBM, but when the next 2 went, I had to contact lenovo, What a problem that was, I had to buy an "extended warranty". Does the "lemon law" work here?

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April 12, 2013 at 12:47:44
The computer was fully functioning, it was showing the CD and DVD drives when I selected my computer. If I tried to explore the computer, I could find the Hard disk drive as drive 0. The computer worked ""great" except I could not find drives "E" and
"F". I have been through the items suggested here many times over....Finally, I thought,"why not just pull the keep alive battery, and wait 5 minutes, then reinstall it".
When I rebooted I needed to set the time and date, but when the computer finally loaded the bios and windows started, the CD and DVD drives are back and working just like it used to.
Thank you for all your help, it put me into the thought process of resetting the BIOS.
And it Worked!!! I will probably never know how the bios was changed to ignore the CD and DVD drives, even when I rebooted, it failed to recognize them.
Thanks again all!


#1
April 10, 2013 at 09:32:16
Why do you think updating the BIOS will solve that problem?

If the drive were previously working with the current BIOS version, then no update should be necessary.

Are you looking in the BIOS (setup) to see if the CD drives are configured there?

Post some background information so we can understand your problem better.


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#2
April 10, 2013 at 11:38:56
I tried to find the second IDE settings in Bios, but there is no place that even mentions primary or secondary IDE. BTW, My grandchild who is 6 years old has been playing games on this computer and I am wondering if he did something, like pressing several keys together that changed it!
After the last system board change a couple of years ago, the processor fan was runnning so fast that it was screaming and the machine was locking up and shutting down. I installed a second fan in the case and it got better. Finally It stopped working completely and It was suggested that I had a defective Pentium 4 processor so I bought another of the same type and speed, which I installed and the computer ran fine and the fan stopped sounding like a jet plane. Could this be a problem with the newer processor?

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#3
April 11, 2013 at 04:30:54
I doubt the processor is your problem and also doubt it was the problem last time. In that instance it sounds like the processor cooling fan was running at full speed, which can happen due to being clogged or because the bond between the heat sink and the processor is not good.

I don't have much experience with IBM desktops. I had only one. That said, as I recall, the BIOS (setup) screens were difficult to move around in.

If your working hard drive is an IDE type, then obviously the BIOS is configuring it.

Do you KNOW if your hard drive and CD drives are IDE or SATA?


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#4
April 11, 2013 at 05:50:58
My System board has 2 IDE receptacles and the ribbon cables are attached to their perspective receptacles. The Floppy drive is attached to it's proper place.

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#5
April 11, 2013 at 08:23:49
Go to Start> settings> Control Panel> Administrative tools> Computer Management> Device Manager> expand the listing for CD/DVD rom drives. Post all the drives listed there.

Then
Go to Start> settings> Control Panel> Administrative tools> Computer Management> Disk Management. Post all the drives listed there.


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#6
April 11, 2013 at 13:32:03
There is no listing for cd/dvd IDE controller.
Here is what is there regarding IDE: IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
second item below that is: Primary IDE Channel

Interesting though, if I click on Processors I get 2 processors:
Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40 GHZ
Intel(R) Pentium(R) 4 CPU 3.40 GHZ
Is it possible that I was sent a dual core processor?


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#7
April 11, 2013 at 16:00:04
Enter the BIOS and verify the IDE controllers are Enabled there.

Read the third paragraph in the link below.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pentium_4


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#8
April 12, 2013 at 06:54:13
I am down to my last straw! I will try to replace the processor with the "old one", if no joy there, replace the ribbon cables to the cd drives, and if no joy there, send it to the "old computer retirement home"!

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#9
April 12, 2013 at 07:08:23
There is nothing wrong with your processor. Did you look in the BIOS (setup) screens to see if the controllers are enabled?

"There is no listing for cd/dvd IDE controller." The CD drives should run on the same controller as the hard drives. There is no difference.

If you have more than one drive of any kind on the same cable, the jumpers on the rear of each drive MUST be set correctly for the drives to work. There is a guide on the drive to show which pins do what. You may have a hard time reading the guide with the drives installed.

The fact that there is no listing for a secondary channel on the IDE controllers may indicate you need to install the chipset drivers for your motherboard.

Did all the drives in your computer previously work? If so, did you do ANYTHING to change the settings, cables, or jumpers?

The link below includes all the drivers for your model. Get the chipset and install them as per instructions there.

http://support.lenovo.com/en_US/res...


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April 12, 2013 at 12:47:44
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The computer was fully functioning, it was showing the CD and DVD drives when I selected my computer. If I tried to explore the computer, I could find the Hard disk drive as drive 0. The computer worked ""great" except I could not find drives "E" and
"F". I have been through the items suggested here many times over....Finally, I thought,"why not just pull the keep alive battery, and wait 5 minutes, then reinstall it".
When I rebooted I needed to set the time and date, but when the computer finally loaded the bios and windows started, the CD and DVD drives are back and working just like it used to.
Thank you for all your help, it put me into the thought process of resetting the BIOS.
And it Worked!!! I will probably never know how the bios was changed to ignore the CD and DVD drives, even when I rebooted, it failed to recognize them.
Thanks again all!

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