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DVD-ROM not appearing in BIOS or recognized during boot, but works in Windows

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#1 krs000a


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Posted 20 June 2017 - 01:51 AM



I have a Commodore 64x PC (replica PC based on the original Commodore 64) manufactured by the now defunct Commodore USA. I don't know the exact hardware or how to find out, but some information about the hardware can be found here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Commodore_64x


Lately I've been experiencing problems with the DVD-ROM drive which is built into the computer.

First of all, the eject button won't respond when pushed. So the only way to get a disc out, is to right-click on the drive within Windows and choose "Eject". Besides this, the drive works great within Windows. The only problem is, when starting the computer with a bootable CD/DVD in the drive, the computer ignores the drive and just goes straight to Windows. When I go to the BIOS to make sure the DVD-ROM drive is set first in the boot sequence, the drive is not mentioned at all (I know it used to show in the BIOS, because I have reinstalled Windows numerous times on that computer and always from a disc). The only boot choices in the BIOS are the internal HDD or the USB port. Worth mentioning might also be that when putting a bootable USB drive in any of the USB ports, the computer ignores this as well and boots straight to Windows.

So if I ever needed to reinstall Windows on this computer, it seems impossible (unless I take the hard drive out, plug it into a different computer and install Windows from there, I suppose, but that is not exactly an ideal solution).

Any ideas of why the DVD drive is not showing in BIOS? I have searched online, but all I find is people with problems the other way around (DVD showing in BIOS but not working in Windows).

Edited by krs000a, 20 June 2017 - 01:53 AM.

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