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by aanders999 / April 17, 2011 8:26 AM PDT

Is there any way I can download the imbedded driver for optical drives? I am using Win XP pro SP3, on a Dell Optimax 280. For some time I have been getting blue screen stops occasionally that indicate a driver caused the problem, a few weeks ago the CD and DVD drive (IDE)quit working, Ive tried disable and enable, remove and install, downloaded updated driver from dell, installed an SATA optical drive with same results.Thanks for any help/ideas.

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by Jimmy Greystone / April 17, 2011 8:58 AM PDT
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No, and if the embedded optical drive driver is causing blue screen errors, there's a better than 50% chance that it's because the drive has either started failing or has failed. If you have an Optiplex 280, which is probably around the ten years old mark, it's entirely possible. It's also entirely possible you have a bad cap or two, which was a known issue with the 260, 270, and 280 line of Optiplexes.

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cd driver
by aanders999 / April 17, 2011 10:50 AM PDT
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Thanks Jimmy, I was afraid of that.I said Optimax but meant optiplex (i'm old ya know!)I've had both drives for years, a while back I went to copy a cd and it kept telling me to insert a disc so I tried the second drive and got the same results, under device mgr it showed both with a yellow (! mark if I remember) so I tried all the enable disable etc, no help so physically removed each and reinstalled one at a time, so I thought either bad cable or mother board. Got an ATA connected drive and get the same results, I guess the only common thing is the driver. Maybe time for new machine anyway. Thanks again, Andy

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by aanders999 / April 18, 2011 4:45 AM PDT
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I went to this site "" to get boot up floppies,at this site I got a pop-up (microsoft)that said if you are having cd/dvd problems to run their fixit, I did and it found the problems with windows and repaired them, now both of my optical drives work. I had searched microsoft for cd fixes but never got this. Might be a good site to bookmark!

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