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  1. #1
    Swaziman
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    Default How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

    I have networked two computers together, but only one has a cd drive. I can access the cd drive from both computers but the computer without the cd drive doesnt recognise the drive as a cd-rom drive.

    What can I do?

  2. #2
    somebody
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    Default Re: How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

    Do you have to use the functions as a CD ROM drive? It can still read the data on the drive without it looking like a CD ROm drive.

  3. #3
    Merlin
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    Default Re: How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

    Nothing

    As a workaround remove the cd drive and fit to the second computer
    Ensure both computers a switched off when this is done.
    Start the computer with the cd drive.
    repeat when required by the first computer.

    An alternative solution is to purchase another cd drive.

  4. #4
    tweak\'e
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    Default Re: How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

    is that a problem ???? ;-)

    as long as your not trying to to rip cd's or burn cd's it shouldn't be much of a problem. just access it as a you would any other drive.

  5. #5
    Swaziman
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    Default Re: How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

    It does read the data without it looking like a cd drive, but I do need it to function like a proper cd drive, If you know how to set it as a proper drive so that it is recognised by my computer as a drive not a file then I would appreciate it if you could tell me how.

  6. #6
    Swaziman
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    Default Re: How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

    The drive is in my dads computer and I dont think he would be too pleased if I kept on taking it out of his computer and putting it into mine. Also I have a slimline Compaq computer case so I cant fit his cd drive in my computer, I would need a slim cd drive or an external one, neither of which I have the money for at the moment. I can afford a normal size internal drive though, so if I it is possible to use an internal cd drive externally that would probably be the best solution. I would only need to get a few cables from Dick Smith Electronics or a similar store. I dont however want to run the drive in an external drive bay, they are too expensive.

  7. #7
    nomad
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    Default Re: How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

    both comp have a network card then get them to work w/ each other.
    double click on network neighborhood and map the cd drive (right click??) - that cd drive need to be shared on that pc b4. when u map it, it will be like g: or such as..... u can plock a cd in it and access it using the other pc.

    use a crossover cable. ms network installed, ms network logon, printer and file sharing installed - all under control panel --> network. click add if not there already. may need the windows cd. same password and username need to be installed on both PCs. u have to logon when accessing the drive via the network. tell us how u get on....

    u know how to network rite?? i suggest both to have 100 speed network cards....

    Nomad.

  8. #8
    Merlin
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    Default Re: How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

    Share the cd - refer to MS for setting up a Workgroup

    For installation of Windows
    Access the drive using a DOS boot disk with network drivers relating to the Compaq network card - search Google for how to create/obtain one

    In Windows
    Create a Workgroup - use the same name as above
    For access to the cd create a mapped drive in My Computer - refer MS for this.
    The cd will appear as a 'normal' shared drive with the following restrictions:
    No autorun on the Compaq - not possible to access the hardware on another computer
    No write access - not possible to write to a read-only cd and for the above reason. Also CD burning is not possible from the Compaq.

  9. #9
    nomad
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    Default Re: How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

    sorry did not read question carefully. so u have networked. well done
    does not recognised. well use a cd clone proggy. maybe someone knows one or else google it. should be able to clone via the network drive. i have a dvd/cd drive on each pc

  10. #10
    Merlin
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    Default Re: How do I use one cd drive on two networked computers?

    Possible

    Get a long IDE cable - custom made may be required - and a power cable extension. A custom made speaker cable may also be necessary.
    Ensure antistatic precautions are taken.

    Position carefully and connect the CD drive.





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