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Old 06-17-2007, 04:27 AM   #1
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My computer is not recognizing the CD Drive. When I go to Device Manager, there is an "!" in a yellow circle over the CD drive. I believe that means that the system is not recongizing it but I can't figure out how to fix it!

Also, my computer is running so slow....any suggestions for that!? I've added RAM before - should I add more? How much?
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First check the jumper configuration of the back of the drive . If the drive is sitting alone on the connecting flat-cable it should be set to Master .. you'll know if it's alone because there will be another connector on the same cable that is not connected. if you have a hard drive on the same cable .. it should be set as Master and the CD as slave . You will note markings on Both drives .. if in doubt though ask .. master is usually the jumper closest the flat-cable .,.. and slave is in the middle or the second set of pins .. THERE ARE EXCEPTIONS to this rule so always check.

is this a PC that has been working well for some time and suddenly failed? try removing the CD ROM and see if the hard drive works better. Also try removing the hard drive and see whether you can boot from the CD ROM .. you might have a problem with the Flat cable , the Hard drive might be failing (run a diagnosis using Linux UBCD .. lots of diag progs and easy to use, don't need to know anything about LInux .. and to finish, just power off AFTER allowing your diag prog to finish - doesn't write anything to HDD )

If you have two flatcables in your PC try swaping them over .. just be careful about how you do it .. make sure that you replace them exactly as you remove them .. sometimes they aren't "keyed" and can be replaced backwards .. that can damage your board

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