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    CD-ROM that isn't seen

    I had a student reinstall her PC, It was a white box unit. She could not get Win 98 to see her CD-ROM and could find no disks on it. I swapped it out for her but now need to get a system going. The unit is a DCS 24x. I have not heard of the brand and a AltaVista search for DCS brought up over 400k results. On the faceplate of the CD-ROM it also says MTRP and it a model C721. The unit was built in 1997 and has a seperate P/N and S/N sticker on it (91.09537-008 and 73306335JC respectively) any ideas on what to search for?
    I have tried setting up with a Win ME start up disk with no luck. The Frankenbox I am building is a Win 95 machine to work with an old home business (personalized childrens books) that I have had sitting around for the better part of a decade.

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    Re: CD-ROM that isn't seen

    Given that you can buy a CD drive for well-under $50 bucks, maybe you're spending more on you effort than the drive is worth, huh?

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    Re: CD-ROM that isn't seen

    Al. unfortunately I am a professional technician and not a parts swapper. I could get a CD-ROM for under $30. My job however is to solve problems and just because this PC is for my home doesn't mean that I should spend any less time, devotion or resources finding out why there is a problem or where the vendor (manufacturer) is, who may have dealt with this issue and what I can do to make this system work.

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    Re: CD-ROM that isn't seen

    Sounds like you took offense to my post and I'm sorry if you did. I was only trying to suggest that the drive MAY be bad and you could spend more time trying to get it to work than a replacement would cost. I'm outta here.....

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    Re: CD-ROM that isn't seen

    Hey Al,
    Don't mess around with those "professional technicians" who will soon find out that it doesn't pay to spend $100.00 in time and effort to fix a $50.00 component. ( particularly on a Win95 box) Good experience though, for them. <img src=/S/2cents.gif border=0 alt=2cents width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>
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    Re: CD-ROM that isn't seen

    Hi Kent,

    This one intrigues me. I've had a scoot around Driverguide.com and there seems to be precious little about any DCS CD-ROM drives, let alone the C721. I found one for a model C637 which says it's for DOS/W3.1, but it may be worth a try. Ok, ok, it's a long shot I'll admit - different OS, different model - but give a guy some credit for trying huh? <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

    I suppose there is a possibility that the drive is one of those that connects straight into an appropriate sound card (i.e. not into the IDE on the motherboard). I had an old 2x which was one of these. I junked it as I didn't have an appropriate sound card to connect it to. I've tried searching around Google to get some more info about this, but can't find what I'm looking for. I think it's called an MC or MCA connection, but don't trust me on that.

    MTRP - Maximum Transfer Rate Performance.

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    Re: CD-ROM that isn't seen

    Fish, I saw that one too but had not tried it. I hope to next week. I greatly appreciate your help.

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