Strange DVD Drive Problem !

Discussion in 'General Hardware' started by ZAnwar, Jul 28, 2002.

  1. ZAnwar

    ZAnwar Guest

    I was installing a TV Card in to my PC, a couple of days ago. And after that (not immediately) the Samsung DVD drive didn't work aswell as it did before. Now it just sometimes doesn't work, you can eject it and that lot, but the drive does not read the CD, I was installing Office XP, and I had to cancel it because the dvd drive stopped reading the cd, this has happened quite often now. My cd's that autoplayed aswell, don't respond, it says that the drive is not ready. Could the wires of come loose when I was putting in the tv card? Or could it be that it has gone a bit tired, because I formatted and reinstalled Win XP Pro about 3 or 4 times last week !!!!!

    It is only a year old aswell !!!
     
  2. Goatman

    Goatman Ska Daddy

    Messages:
    676
    Try jiggling some cables about, maybe a IDE ribbon came loose.
     
  3. ZAnwar

    ZAnwar Guest

    Does the DVD drive get it's power through the cable's. If it does, then how can the drive get enough power to eject and go back in !?!
     
  4. freightgod

    freightgod Confused and Bewildered

    Messages:
    561
    ZAnwar, there's a power cable AND an IDE cable. Different animals.
     
  5. ZAnwar

    ZAnwar Guest

    thanks
     
  6. ZAnwar

    ZAnwar Guest

    Nope, still not working, now it don't work at all !!!
    I think the DVD drive and the CDRW drive are connected through the same ribbon cable, can that have something to do with it, because now my CDRW drive does not work properly either ! or do I need a bigger power supply, coz of all the things in my PC !
     
  7. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    Messages:
    7,805
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    try removing the DVD Drive, boot XP, test the TV Card.
    If all is Fine, put the DVD Drive back in see how things go
    Or you can take out the TV Card and see if that improves things
     
  8. ZAnwar

    ZAnwar Guest

    But I don't think, it has got anything to do with the TV card !!!!!
     
  9. ZAnwar

    ZAnwar Guest

    Please can someone help me, I need it urgently !

    PLEASE !!!!!!!
     
  10. iowaboy

    iowaboy old person

    Messages:
    118
    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    If both the dvd and cdrw do not work and they are connected by the same cable then try a different cable. Also check to make sure that the ide channel didn't get shut off by chance in the bios. It does sound like the cable went belly up.
     
  11. iowaboy

    iowaboy old person

    Messages:
    118
    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    also check to make sure that the tv card isn't using the same irq as the second ide channel
     
  12. ZAnwar

    ZAnwar Guest

    How do I check it in the bios !

    And the wire is only 1 year old !
     
  13. iowaboy

    iowaboy old person

    Messages:
    118
    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    depends on the bios manufacterer. some use delete key on start up. also some use F1, F2 or F10. Who made the motherboard or what is the computer?
     
  14. iowaboy

    iowaboy old person

    Messages:
    118
    Location:
    Iowa, USA
    and drive cables do go bad. even new ones
     
  15. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

    Messages:
    7,805
    Location:
    United Kingdom
    delete works with most BIOS's (Award and Pheonix) you can check the IRQ using Help and Support or Start->Run and msinfo32 ( think that is right the Help and Support is def right).

    think iowaboy is right, could be a cable
     
  16. ZAnwar

    ZAnwar Guest

    I will check all that, I press del for my bios but what I meant was where do you go to change the irq !
     
  17. Bytes Back

    Bytes Back Ex Police Chief

    Messages:
    1,383
    Location:
    Kernow
    You know i reckon theres a much simpler answer to all of this. Whrn you wer poking around in your machine, I think you must have pulled the ide cable slighty away from the connector on the motherboard. When you went to check, you were playing with drive ends and pulled it slightly more so both drives no longer work.

    Solution is to check all three connectors on the cable are in tightly.
     
  18. ZAnwar

    ZAnwar Guest

    HAHAHAHAHA, THANKS Bytes Back
     
  19. ZAnwar

    ZAnwar Guest

    I am going to return my drive and get another 1 for the same price. That was 12x and now I can get 1 for about 16x !
     
  20. Goatman

    Goatman Ska Daddy

    Messages:
    676
    check and make sure your cable is plugged in properly on the Mobo side, cuz if both drive don't work right... that could do it