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Mickliq, you have suggested both the master jumper and then copied out what Dell says(which is cable select)
I took out a "Master" jumped BENQ CDROM which was working at the time in the Dell PC.(burner capability)
I put in a "Master: jumped CREATIVE CDROM which worked in its PC at the time prior to the switch as it was "just a reader CDROM".
So, basically all I changed was brand names of the CDROMS(and some speed).
I could not see why it did not work in the Dell (what step did I miss)?
All cables are good. I even swapped IDE cables and IDE ports on the board - just to do something different. All connections are good. All pins are there in the !DE(non bent) or missing.
When I have it open to "My Computer" the D: drive shows up. and if I click on it to make it blue; then open and close the tray with a CD in the tray, the pointer arrow will show a CD for a moment and then disappear. It does that about 8 times and no more tiny CD is shown.
Properties of D drive is under general tab: file system unknown. CD shows 0 bytes free, 0 bytes used (I have WinXP in the drive.)
So, is this what a dying CDROM does? It is my first.
Just wanted to be sure it was not a setting somewhere like on Control Panel/Add New Hardware.
If all that is automatic, fine.
The Dell can see and identify correctly the CDROM.
This Creative has been dying slowly because for a while it was only reading Linux CD's (spin them up and read them and I could install Linux) and would not touch Windows O.S.'s
Now it ignores the Linux CD...except it knows a CD is in the drive when I open and close the tray.
No use to buy another CDROM to find it is just as screwed up as the one I got just because of a setting or something inane like that.
I can buy beer for $20.00.
Thanks for the advices. I realize it has been a pain. I hope not to run into this situation again - well, now I know what to look for when it is actually dying.
whatcha gonna dew