Posted 02 March 2006 - 09:37 PM
Hi! hope someone can help - I've been living without cd's for a long time!
I have an old computer emachine 500a running windows 98se
My friend installed a cdrw drive years ago and it worked for a long time, but now neither the original dvd drive nor the old cdrw work.
they get power, and their lights come on and blinnk as if they are reading a disk. in device manager, it says they are working properly.
I have tried reinstalling audio and video drivers, with no change....
I was wondering if the IDE cable setup was a problem (because someone I talked to said it was that for sure!)
I checked the BIOS settings (btw the bios is american megatrends 10/29/99) (yes, 1999!)
it says the
primary master is the HD, secondary slave undetected
secondary master cdrom, secondary slave cdrom
I opened the computer and saw that the one cable is connected to both the HD and the floppy, and the other cable is connected to both cd drives
The fellow I talked to said this was the problem, but I don't know what is the correct way it should be setup and how everything should be done
I tried to search for similar problems on this board, and see that someone was told it was their motherboard (topic 43163) and there was another post that referred to cable setups (topic 45460) but it only said how you "wouldnt want both the writer and another drive set as master" but not how it should have been set instead!
Please let me know if I can provide any more info and THANKS VERY MUCH in advance for your help!