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#1 Heretic Monkey

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 08:44 PM

Alright, i'm starting to get annoyed with my box.

Everytime i try to run D: (my CD-ROM drive), it won't work. For some reason, an E: drive pops up in My Computer, and i don't even HAVE an E: Drive. I have to disable it everytime i want to run a CD. I have to manually disable it everytime from the hardware profiles, and it's starting to get annoying.

Is there a way i can stop it from recognizing any drives that i don't want it to (and don't even have....)?

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Posted 09 March 2005 - 09:33 PM

Recognition of drives (or not, as the case maybe)
has been one ongoing source of bewilderment to me, also.

Not always, and I have made progress at it,
but with two HDs
and swapping out one of them in favor of a
third mounted between them
has sometimes caused problems.

And I blame SP2 for a couple quirks regarding
the CD-RW (basically same as a CD-ROM categorically)

I can't simply ramble on about it though.

Posting a reply to let you know, I'm thinking along those lines.

I might take a while to produce some
comprehensible facts/opinions
from the notes I've been taking.

Post additional details, perhaps
more advice is coming.

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Posted 11 March 2005 - 10:18 PM

Uh, not sure how many more details i can have. I have a factory box, and haven't changed any of the hardware or drives. I just recently re-installed XP, and "upgraded" to SP2. Then it started popping up with the E: Drive whenever i inserted a CD-ROM. It's displayed as a DVD Drive, but i always use my D: for those...... and don't even have an E:!!!

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Posted 12 March 2005 - 02:18 AM

Recognition of drives (or not, as the case maybe)
has been one ongoing source of bewilderment to me, also.

Ahh! I imagine you are a Windows user... Slackware! :thumbsup:

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 05:02 PM

*BUMP*

Come on, anyone??

My D: drive won't even work without disabling the E: drive first every time.

Edited by Heretic Monkey, 18 March 2005 - 05:02 PM.


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Posted 18 March 2005 - 06:02 PM

Then it started popping up with the E: Drive whenever i inserted a CD-ROM. It's displayed as a DVD Drive, but i always use my D: for those...... and don't even have an E:!!!


So your D: is a DVD drive? Have you checked for a firmware upgrade at the manufacturers site or to see if there are any issues with SP2?

What is showing in your Bios for drives? Try auto-detecting the drives again.

I have a factory box



What factory? Dell or some such? If so what is the make and model number?

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Posted 18 March 2005 - 11:38 PM

Then it started popping up with the E: Drive whenever i inserted a CD-ROM. It's displayed as a DVD Drive, but i always use my D: for those...... and don't even have an E:!!!


So your D: is a DVD drive? Have you checked for a firmware upgrade at the manufacturers site or to see if there are any issues with SP2?

What is showing in your Bios for drives? Try auto-detecting the drives again.

I have a factory box


What factory? Dell or some such? If so what is the make and model number?

It's an E-machines L7VMM2, Athlon XP 2400 processor, 512 ram, 80 GB hd, Windoze XP sp2.

My D: Drive is an _NEC DVD_RW ND-1300A.

The E: drive that keeps popping up calls itself the "Maxtor 4RO8OJO".

I've already tried auto-detecting the drives again. Nothing seems to be working. I'm not sure which company manufactures the specific D: drive, but i guess i could google it. I still don't know of the current D: drive is the problem or not.

Would problems with that cause the box to look for another drive or something?

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Posted 19 March 2005 - 12:17 AM

Well, I'm scratching my head.
I have a similar kinda PC.
AMD Athlon XP 2100+
512 RAM,
40BG & 120GB HDs.
My intermittant problem
is OS & BIOS failing to recognize one drive (the secondary).
Workaround, on the say once a month occurance, is to unplug the cable.
Plug it back in, and problem goes away. 2 minutes.

Still puzzling, though.

In your case it recognizes a HD that is not there. (Maxtor makes HD's)
In doing so it prevents the NEC (brand) DVD-RW that is in place
from working.

Optical drives (DVD-RW, for instance) and Storage Drives (HD's) both
plug into the mobo at particular places (IDE slots).

If you run a system report like Everest Home 1.51 free it will tell you whats plugged in where.

Physically, if the optical drive & the HD are cabled together they will connect at one IDE.
If not, each will be listed as having different IDE locations in the report.

You can also visually examine them by taking the case cover off.

At some time was there a different HD on the PC?

If YES, then perhaps (maybe a long shot) the CMOS that has the basic settings
that exist(ed) for the motherboard is malfunctioning.

That CMOS is dependent on battery power.
It is designed to retain certain basic settings to assist in the boot of the OS and facts relative to the BIOS, also.

I'm not precise about it, because I don't know it all.

My experience with it came from an odd situation involving it
preventing access to my BIOS when a password was set.

To clear it's memory, you can simply jump with a paperclip the two of three pin
connection with the power OFF. That resets default(s). Like passwords.

I mention only because I learned that a poor connection (or bad-low battery)
can intermitantly effect everything. Or more. Prevent normal operation entirely.

I ramble.

I think software is causing it to happen,
not the hardware or BasicInputOutputSystem and/or it's
ComplimentaryMetal-OxideSemiconductor ... but an understanding of the hardware
can rule out it's possible influence on the way the OS "sees" things.

It is "seeing" things wrong.

The Maxtor is a HD.
The drive letters are assigned to devices
and partitions of devices
(in the case of hard drives)
by the Operating System (not the BIOS, which refers to them by
way of phsical connections ie: the Master or Slave on a cable connected to a particular connectoion = what it is)

The OS does it differently.
It has defaults set for C:\
D:\
E:\
F:\ and so on.

Within it's "logic" the drives are identified, and dependant on what you do
as an operator, that drive lettering can be effected.

Precisely how and under what conditions I don't know exactly.
How a "ghost appearance of a drive" is happening, and why/how that prevents a physically present drive of a different kind from operating has me ...
scratchin' my head.

Sorry.
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Posted 19 March 2005 - 05:01 PM

You have an unusual problem. I suggest you download the Maxtor Diagnostic utility as that is a valid model number for a Maxtor 160GB drive. I would download and run their Diagnostic Utility that they describe as follows:

Maxtor recommends the use of this utility for troubleshooting potential hard drive problems. These problems include, but are not limited to the following:

Potential hard drive surface problems (e.g., bad clusters, bad sectors, partitioning/formatting problems, etc.).

Drive recognition problems (e.g. hard drive that is not recognized by the operating system).

Software removal.


You can get it here.

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