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Upon simply moving the Dell to my place of business, the computer now doesn't reconize the CD-ROM. I checked the device manager and it shows the little infamous explanation point.....I've tried uninstalling, disabling, etc. to no avail. So what's next? Downloading the drivers to floppy?
 

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CD drives are cheap and easy to swap, just replace it.

And did you say something about floppy disks... lol :)

PS. Unless you're still running Windoze 95 or older, you don't need drivers for a CD drive.
 

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CD drives are cheap and easy to swap, just replace it.

And did you say something about floppy disks... lol :)

PS. Unless you're still running Windoze 95 or older, you don't need drivers for a CD drive.

thanks - it's an 8300 p4 running XP pro - it just so happens to have a floppy so that would be an option....Don't really wanna buy a new ROM if I don't need to.....know what I mean?
 

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If you have another computer sitting around then swap out the drive and see if it works. You don't need to mount it, just plug in the 4 wire power plug and 36 pin ribbon connector (data cable). Don't worry abut the 3 pin small wire, it's for playing audio CD's.
 

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If you have another computer sitting around then swap out the drive and see if it works. You don't need to mount it, just plug in the 4 wire power plug and 36 pin ribbon connector (data cable). Don't worry abut the 3 pin small wire, it's for playing audio CD's.

Thanks - I don't have an extra one laying around. I did disconnect power and the data cable - reconected with no luck - guess I'll try the drivers the "LOL" floppy way to see if I can revive it before buying a new one.......
 

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disconnect and reconnect both ends of ALL cables in the box
reseat all PCI/PCIE cards
reseat ram
reseat cpu
reseat ALL power connectors

if something doesn't work in a computer after you physically moved it, 84.6% of the time it's because you moved it. not because some software magically stopped working.

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does your bios recognize it? put in a windows cd or download a knoppix cd and burn it, then boot the machine up with the cd in the drive. if your machine boots into windows/knoppix, it's a software issue. if your bios doesn't see the cdrom, it's hardware
 

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+1 to disconnect and reconnect the cable to the drive
+ 1 also. First thing I would try. We tend to think of the most complicated solution first when its often the easiest.

Ask yourself what happens when you move a PC that just sits there month after month. Obvious is movement and the obvious result is something came loose and usually a cable.

Check both m/b and dvd/cd ends.

Next I would look for a loose jumper or one that fell off most probably the back of the dvd/cd drive itself rather than the m/b. That little guy should be floating around in the tower somewhere. It happens.
 
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