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#1 Mar 02 2009 at 10:49 AM Rating: Decent
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I recently bought a dvd/cd burner because my old one's disc tray was stuck; it arrived today. I connected the ide ports and the power supply. Drive is getting power (tray will open) but it will not read anything. More troublesome, is that my other drive (a dvd/cd reader) is also no longer working. It was working right before installing the other drive however. The windows automatic hardware installer (that thing in the system tray) says that there was a problem with installation, but did not or could not specify.

I attempted to update drivers, but it didn't go so well. My computer's device manager is only recognizing the existence of a single drive, and I'm not sure which one it is. It won't play anything from that drive, but it shows up in device manager. The second drive does not show up in either my computer or the device manager. Upon attempting to update drivers for the one drive that it recognized, i was informed that they were current.

On booting, the bios tells me that secondary drive 1 and secondary drive 2 are not found. I am assuming that those refer to the disc drives.

The new drive did come with a manual on cd, but I can't open it because both of my drives are not currently functional.

Help is appreciated. I really was looking forward to making some more cds :(
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#2 Mar 02 2009 at 11:13 AM Rating: Decent
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Nevermind, I fixed it. I had a hunch it might have been setup to be the primary secondary drive and not the secondary secondary drive (or whatever you call it when you have two disc drives) so I swapped them around and made the new drive into drive zero.

I have no idea WHY that fixes things but it worked out okay

Maybe there was a conflict between the two drives and both were trying to be the master? Either way there is no reason to keep the old dvd reader since the new one reads and writes.

Edited, Mar 2nd 2009 2:14pm by Pensive
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#3 Mar 02 2009 at 4:16 PM Rating: Decent
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Nevermind, I fixed it. I had a hunch it might have been setup to be the primary secondary drive and not the secondary secondary drive (or whatever you call it when you have two disc drives)

Master and Slave, charmingly. SATA is much more democratic, not mention faster, easier to install, and vastly cleaner to cable. I'm not really sure why anyone would buy an IDE drive any longer with a few pretty rare exceptions.
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#4 Mar 02 2009 at 5:08 PM Rating: Decent
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Because my computer is six years old and only has IDE ports

A new ide burner is 15 dollars

a new computer is 500

oh, is there an easy way to tell which setting of those little pin caps on the back is master and slave or does it vary from drive to drive?

Edited, Mar 2nd 2009 8:09pm by Pensive
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#5 Mar 02 2009 at 5:41 PM Rating: Good
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Pensive wrote:
oh, is there an easy way to tell which setting of those little pin caps on the back is master and slave or does it vary from drive to drive?


There should be a diagram on your drive. Either printed on the label or in the manual (if one exists).
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#6 Mar 03 2009 at 3:02 PM Rating: Decent
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oh, is there an easy way to tell which setting of those little pin caps on the back is master and slave or does it vary from drive to drive?


Varies, but come on, how many combinations are there to try? 3?
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