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cd and dvd drives not reading in new install of xp professio

by bubbles549 / July 16, 2005 11:09 AM PDT

I recently built a new system. my previous working optical drives are not working properly. When a disk is inserted, lights blink, drive spins, but no access to the data on the disc. When you reboot with a disc in for the first time it allows you access, but only then. I've confirmed autoplay in correctly configured in the registry, did many autoplay tweaks, tried swapping the drives on the ide cable, primary to slave and vice versa, allowing windows to re-install the drives, still nothing. Other forums say this is a common problem but are not aware of any solution....any ideas????

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This is not unusal.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 16, 2005 1:00 PM PDT

Many don't know to install motherboard drivers... Microsoft usually doesn't. Then we have that oddity where drives vanish if you uninstall Roxio.


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Try this test.
by J1520 / July 16, 2005 1:35 PM PDT
In reply to: This is not unusal.

1. Check the basics: one drive set for Master and one Drive set for Slave or Cable Select jumper on Both CD and DVD drives then try step 2.

2. Just connect one CD or DVD drive (Master) to the secondary IDE channel at a time and see if 1st the Power on BIOS setup can see the CDROM and 2nd boot to XP.

Hope this test leads to a clue.

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