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Did you choose the CD-ROM drive in the BIOS?


The other day after booting up my cpu, my cdrom started to act funny. It would stay open and wouldn't close. I would close it and it would think and then spit back out. It was really weird considering it was working fine 20min before hand. Well I decided to disconnect the CDROM from the cpu and then reconnect it thinking this might solve the problem, but it didn't. After doing this operation and rebooting my cpu I got a message upon startup asking me to either hit [Del] to run setup or hit [F12] for boot disk. After not messing with either of these option I got Windows to open but to my surprise my CDROM is not detected on the Cpu! It's like it's not even installed. Please help. Thank you.


This question was answered on June 7, 2004. Much of the information contained herein may have changed since posting.

To whom it may concern:

The reason you got the message saying hit [Del] or [F12] is because you disconnected and reconnected your CD-ROM drive and is seeing the CD-ROM drive as a new CD-ROM drive To make your CD-ROM drive show up in Windows you must go into your BIOS setup and choose the CD-ROM drive you installed to be your CD-ROM drive Another thing you might want to try is replacing your IDE cable (the cable that connects the CD-ROM to the motherboard) After replacing the IDE cable make sure that it is securely inserted in your motherboard and CD-ROM and you should be good to go.


Dimitrios Theodorou

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Posted by Dimitrios of Katharine Gibbs School - New York on June 7, 2004