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Old 07-22-2008, 05:56 PM   #1
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Default POS Dell cd rom issues help please!!!

okay i have an old dell dimension 2400
it has a single optical drive
a cd rom
and now its being a pain in the................... what ever
it doesnt matter what cd i insert inside
it wont play it
can anyone help me out?
what can i try?
thanks for the help

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Old 07-22-2008, 05:58 PM   #2
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Default Re: POS Dell cd rom issues help please!!!

it may be dying. It happens. How old is the drive?
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as old as the pc
like 4 years
if its dyeing
then i might as well build a cheap budget pc to place this HDD in and save all of my files
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Old 07-22-2008, 06:10 PM   #4
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Is this an IDE drive? How is the jumper set? Is it slave or master? And is the drive being detected at POST?

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Is this an IDE drive? How is the jumper set? Is it slave or master? And is the drive being detected at POST?

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yes it is an IDE
jumper? as of right now i dont know please explain a little bit more
its a master (only optical drive that i have in it, no floppy either)
at POST
i dunno about that either, what is POST?

and what does FTW mean?
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Age of Empires for the win?
what did i miss?

any who if someone could please help me out it would be greatly appreciated
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yes it is an IDE
jumper? as of right now i dont know please explain a little bit more
its a master (only optical drive that i have in it, no floppy either)
at POST
i dunno about that either, what is POST?
Jumper, the a little cap on that connects one pin to another, like this:



It could be set to slave, and as your drive is master, the jumper should be set accordingly. You'll have to experiment to find the right position.

POST is the series of lines you see when you first boot up. It will list all the detected hardware. Alternatively, you could enter your BIOS (usually the key is delete) and see if the drive is present. Is it present in "My Computer" too?

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Jumper, the a little cap on that connects one pin to another, like this:



It could be set to slave, and as your drive is master, the jumper should be set accordingly. You'll have to experiment to find the right position.

POST is the series of lines you see when you first boot up. It will list all the detected hardware. Alternatively, you could enter your BIOS (usually the key is delete) and see if the drive is present. Is it present in "My Computer" too?


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anywho the cd rom isnt present
even with a cd inside
and mine doesnt have a jumper on it at all
hang on let me check my BIOS in XP its delete while it boots?
well i shall soon find out

mmmmkkkkkay

that didnt work at all
how do i get into my BIOS on XP?
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You enter the BIOS before your OS boots. The key is most commonly delete, but it could be something else, you need to press it at POST.
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