|You don't need to install drivers for it. |
XP has generic drivers built into it for CD and DVD drives that are installed automatically.
Do you have a problem with the drive not being detected at all, or the drive is being detected but it is not working properly ?
The computer's bios MUST be detecting the drive. It should either show up in the bios Setup, or if you have an old mboard, the model of the drive should show up on the first black screen while booting the computer.
Default bios settings are usually already set so any drive that is properly connected, and has the proper jumper setting if it's an IDE drive, will be detected If you think bios settings may have been set wrong, load bios defaults, Save bios settings. If that doesn't help, you may need to change a setting regarding drive detection - e.g. from None to Auto.
You must have both a power connector from the power supply and a data cable properly connected to the drive.
Your drive is an IDE drive.
The jumper setting on the back of the drive must be set properly.
- If it is by itself on a data cable, the jumper setting must be set to Master, or Cable Select and be on the END connector of a three connector data cable.
- If it is connected to the same data cable as another drive, one drive must be set to Master, the other to Slave, or both drives must be set to Cable Select.
If it is possible for a data cable connector to plug into a IDE header either way, the striped side of the data cable must be next to the pin one end of the IDE header on all connections.
Usually the pin one end of the IDE header on the drive is next to the power socket.
Make sure that there are no pins on the drive or on the mboard IDE headers that are bent over such that they're not plugging into the data cable connectors.
It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.
Try another data cable if in doubt.
Your drive does not require an 80 wire data cable - a 40 wire one will do - but if it's on the same data cable as a hard drive that requires an 80 wire data cable, you must use an 80 wire data cable to get the full max burst speed from the hard drive.
That model is relatively old.
The gdr-8162b CANNOT "burn" CDs or DVDs.
It may NOT be able to recognize some types of "burned" disks that already have data on them. such as DVD-RAM, or CD-RAM disks.
CD and DVD drives DO NOT last forever. Usually the thing that makes them un-usable first is the cheap sleeve bearings in the motor have worn to the point that so much friction is produced in the bearings that the motor can no longer spin at the minimum 1X legacy audio CD speed, or the motor doesn't spin at all.
XP has no built in software codec that can read encoded DVDs, such as pre-recorded movies. You have to install software that has such a codec, such as a free version of Power DVD
If you have loaded XP from scratch, CD or DVD drives may NOT be detected properly if they're connected to the Secondary IDE header until AFTER you have loaded the main chipset drivers for the mboard.
XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.
Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and hard drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.