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must restart for Windows XP to see DVD Writer

by thefinepanamama / August 3, 2006 6:06 PM PDT

When I switch on my computer for the first time the day, it goes into windows normally, well not normally.

As soon as I go to My computer and double click on my DVD Rom's icon, then computer hangs.

I left Windows on for a while, after switching it on and off again. In the taskbar the balloon pops up telling me that Windows has found new hardware (''DVD B''), I leave Windows to install the drivers, and as soon as the message ''Windows has finished installing your new hardware'' appears, I try again to access my DVD Rom. The computer hangs again.

Out of frustration, I hit the restart button, and sudddenly Windows is fine, I can access the DVD Rom and continue normally.

The next day: I switch on my computer, and the same thing happens again.

Thus I need to switch on my computer, wait until it loads windows, restart my computer, wait until it load windows again, before I can use my DVD Drive.

This has been going on for about three months!

Damn PC, wish I could hit it, but it was a whole lotta money.

Do someone perhaps have the same problem, and solved it? I have numerous theories what could be the problem:

1. Windows XP didn't install correctly
2. Harddrive and DVD Rom Conflicts
3. DVD Rom not switched to slave (I am using a ATA
harddrive, not a SATA) so both Harddrive and
DVD Rom is Master (Conflict!)
4. I have been conned by the seller.

If someone could help me, that would be great.

My specs:

80GB Maxtor Harddrive (ATA) 8mb cache
ATX Case with 500W powersupply
3 GHz Intel Pentium 4 CPU
Intel Pentium 4 mother board
1 GB DDR 400 RAM
256Mb Geforce 6600GT (from XFX)

Windows XP Pro SP2.

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IDE cable
by jnbhoward / August 4, 2006 12:14 AM PDT

The first thing I'd do, is crack open the case, and make sure that the ribbon cable running to my optical drives and motherboard was secure at all points.

If that didn't fix the problem, I would replace the cable. They're cheap and easy to find at almost any electronics store, and they're easy to replace to boot. Just remember that it shouldn't take a lot of force to push the ends of the cable in, so if you're getting resistance, check the cable orientation and try again. You don't want to bend or break off one of the IDE pins, because that would be very bad.

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by kwkid / August 4, 2006 1:27 AM PDT
In reply to: IDE cable

While I can't comment on the original problem, I can tell you that you would get much better through-put if you put your DVD drive on the secondary IDE channel and set it as master. If necessary, in the future, if you needed to install another hard drive, you could always reset the original configuration. Just a suggestion, unfortunately it won't help solve your original question. Good Luck and let us know what finally resolves the issue.

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