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    Default DVD writer woes

    When i plug any cd/dvd drive into an IDE slot my computer freezes and wont detect any IDE devices

    has my motherboard packed a sad or is it an IDE problem???

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    Did u go into the BIOS and put whatever ide connection its on to AUTO??

    The BIOS has to know its there, before windows does.

    You didnt put the dvd burner on the same IDE connection as a hard drive did you? And remember to put the jumper on the back of the burner, to either Master or slave.

    And what kind of computer have you got? What version of Windows?

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    The jumpers are all in the right place. It is not on the same IDE plug as my hard drives and my BIOS is set to detect it automatically.

    Win XP home sp 1a
    PII 415 Mhz SKT 370
    512 ram
    2X 40gb maxtor HDD

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    Does the dvd appear when u boot? On the post screen?

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    Default Re: DVD writer woes

    no the DVD writer does not appear and neither do my 2 harddrives. the computer will not boot or anything.

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    Something is definitely wrong then.

    Its most probably the power supply, if its dead, and doesnt boot at all.

    Or make sure the power connections from the power supply have been plugged into the dvd and hdd's.

    I would try another power supply or try it in another power point.

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    Check that the IDE cable is correctly aligned. Pin on the drives (nearest the power connector) must go to pin on the motherboard.

    This is usually enforced by a key on the side of each plug (and sometimes a missing header and a matching plugged hole in the socket).

    I have seen cables with a connector put on wrongly, so the key is on the wrong side. Some drives don't have a housing, so there's nothing make the key work.

    This cable flip is usually indicated by the disk activity light going on immediatelly the power is on, and staying on. It will stop the system booting, very effectively.

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    thanks, I'll try that tonight when i get home.

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