Results 1 to 4 of 4
  1. #1
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    85
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    CD & CD/RW in BIOS, not in My Computer

    The BIOS recognize that my CD-ROM driver is Secondary Master and CD burner is Secondary Slave. Both are indicated by name. But on My Computer the only drives listed are A & C. Then there's the Device Mgr which has yellow marks under hard disk controllers showing Primary Ultra ATA controller and Secondary Ultra ATA controller. I did install a new hard disk and when I'm sure of what I'm doing then I will add the old HD as Slave/Secondary. How do I get my D and E drives to work? Do I need to conect the old drive so that my CD drives will work?

  2. #2
    Uranium Lounger
    Join Date
    Jan 2001
    Location
    Cincinnati, Ohio, USA
    Posts
    7,089
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: CD & CD/RW in BIOS, not in My Computer

    I am assuming that you have access to the newly installed disk. Does the BIOS recognize the hard drive correctly?

    Just for grins and giggles, you might try connecting the old drive and seeing what happens. It's possible that you have the jumper on your new hard drive set incorrectly - newer drives have two different positions for the primary master; one for single-drive and one for multi-drive setups. Double check all of your connections and jumper settings.

    That leaves a few other possibilities. The most likely of these is that you need to install a new IDE driver for your computer. My first solution would be to remove the ATA controller from Device Manager, and then rebooting. It should be re-detected. Just to be safe, though, get the drivers on the hard drive in case you don't have CD access, or a floppy - either one will work. If you don't know where to find the IDE driver, look on the motherboard (provided this isn't Dell or another pre-configured system) for the manufacturer and model number.
    -Mark

  3. #3
    Star Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2001
    Location
    Texas
    Posts
    85
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: CD & CD/RW in BIOS, not in My Computer

    Thank you for your quick response. Yes, the BIOS show the hard drive by name (Maxtor) and the CD-ROM drive by name (Toshiba). The Maxtor is the new drive. The BIOS show it as Master and the Toshiba as slave. I read in an article on MS.com that on older CD-drives that were slaved to a HD, when changing it (and its jumper) to be a master and attaching to another IDE cable without the HD, that it often doesn't work. So I changed the jumper on the CD-ROM to slave and attached it as such on an IDE cable to the Maxtor as Master. It still shows on the BIOS (and MS-DOS) but doesn't appear on MY Computer. Neither does it appear on the device Mgr. Did I understand you to say that I could remove the ATA controller from the Device Mgr and reboot as long as I had the driver for the hard drive (which I do)? I'm afraid to reconnect the old drive as is because it pretty much crashed. I'm was waiting to get the new drive working so I could transfer the data files. If you still think I should unconnect the new drive and re-connect the old one, I shall. Remove ATA or re-connect old HD - which first?

    Maria <img src=/S/question.gif border=0 alt=question width=15 height=15>

  4. #4
    New Lounger
    Join Date
    May 2002
    Location
    Liverpool
    Posts
    16
    Thanks
    0
    Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts

    Re: CD & CD/RW in BIOS, not in My Computer

    I have had a similar problem in the past which was resolved (and I know this sounds strange!) by removing the drive from the BIOS - it seems that Windows bypasses the BIOS to access CDs, and with some setups the BIOS settings prevent it from seeing the drive

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •