How to add new hardware?


Completely removed both cd rom and cdr drives from computer to clean. Both working fine before i removed them. After replacing the drives in the computer, they are not recognized. I tried adding new hardware and everything else i could think of. They are completely gone off the system. Any ideas?

P.S. i don't have the driver disks

Thank You



This question was answered on January 26, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

Go to Start - Settings - Control Panel, double-click the System icon, then click the Device Manager tab Double-click one of the items that has the yellow exclamation points over it, click the Remove button, then continue through the prompts to remove it from your system then reboot your computer When your computer reboots, it should recognize new hardware on your system, then take you through the Hardware Wizard to add the hardware, which is what you want to do

If the Add New Hardware Wizard does not start automatically, go into Control Panel and double-click Add New Hardware to start it Clicking Next in the first two windows will let Windows search for new hardware

A: If the device is found, click Yes,.. select the device from the list, click Next, then Finish

B: If the device is not found, click No,.. then Next, then choose No,.. to select hardware from a list, then click Next to choose the hardware you are installing If asked for the driver, click Have Disk, enter the path (or Browse to where the driver is located and double-click the file), then click OK until you get to Finish Your computer will need to be rebooted again Always use Start - Shut Down.. to reboot

When your computer reboots, check the device to see if it is working properly If it is working properly follow the same steps for the second device that was not being recognized

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Posted by Student of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on January 26, 2004