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i have been having a really hard time with my cd rom drives as of late. ok, here is the low down. when the computer POSTs, it sees the drives, through the BIOS, i see the drives, i can boot a from a cd (windows or linux, w/e), but once windows is up and running, i have no access to my cd drives from the explorer. so i go into my device manager and it shows both drives with the little yellow question marks on them, i have tried updating drivers, re-installing SP2, and im at the end of my rope. i dont know what else to do. i have be using my other computer and Alcohol to make images and use Alcohols virtual cd drives and its a pain in the ***. a resolution or advice would be great. i really dont want to reinstall windows. i have so much stuff that would have to be redone. so thanx in advance for any knowledge shared
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yup

yes, both drives work fine, i tested them in my other computer, used one to install a game on my computer because it is a faster drive than mine, so, yeah, i know they both work.
 

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Hmm ok...are you able to use the interface cable from the other pc to connect them to your board in the PC which is havng problems?
 

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yes, i tried switching the ribbon cables as well, but still nothing.
 

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Also, in your Device Management console...when you tried to update the drivers did you choose the automatic or manual option?
 

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there are about 8 or 9 errors with the PlugAndPlay Manager saying that both of the drives "dissapeared from the system without being stopped before being removed"
 

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i used automatic, and when that didnt work, i got the drivers from the website and did it manually, and the computer accepted the drivers, but they are still "yellow ?" in the device manager.
 

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I'm thinking it is perhaps a mobo issue as both devices work elsewhere and you have tried swapping the cables....have you tried an optical device from your other PC in this one?
 

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i am pretty sure it is not the MOBO, because i can boot from a cd before the OS loads, and i can see both drives attached in the BIOS. i am sure it is a problem with Windows itself, i would like to know if i can fix the problem without reinstalling the OS (cause that is a pain in the a**)
 

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You're probably right if the devices are bootable and ok in BIOS. TBH, i'm not really sure of a fix bar a repair installation or even format and reinstall....in your Device Manager, what is the mssage that shows when you double click on the yellow alerts?
 

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i hate windows

i have attached a screenshot of what i get when i double click on the drive in the device manager
 

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