Posted 23 March 2005 - 01:59 PM
I bought a Dell (used) from eBay for my wife and we had the same issue.
I reformatted the HD because it was someone else's before I got it and wanted to start fresh. I found out later that somehow the bios was changed and the computer was told to never look for a CD-Rom.
I had tech support help me turn the right thing on in the bios, and it did see it, but I was never able to get it to work right nor get the updated driver for it installed. It was a CD/DVD reader writer combo, but it could only read CDs, not DVDs, nor be able to write to either a CDr or DVDr.
Unfortunately in the end I was so upset, that I returned the computer to the eBay seller and got a refund. I ended up buying a NEW Dell (on eBay still) that has 3 years tech support and 2 years in home support.
I know this doesn't really help you, but I can relate to the problem. Sounds very similar considering I had just formated the hard drive as well before we started losing system components.
Plus it's just nice if someone at least acknowledges you after a posting. Good luck.