DVD drive not recognized - help

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I had posted a query and many people replied.
(see below). I changed settings to cable select.
Everything worked for a while and now I have
the same problem again. If the drive is failing,
then why would it start working if I perform
the sequence suggested by Dell? Thanks.

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You don't need the card. Both being in the Cable Select position is proper.
ALL drives in the 4550 (and 8200) should be jumpered Cable Select.

I'd guess the drive is failing.

Tom
"Carolyn Taliaferro" <ctalia4000@comcast.net> wrote in message
news:17KdneCZ_seO8x3d4p2dnA@comcast.com...
> I have an 8200 and used a promise controller card to run a cdrw drive. The
> drive wanted to be in cable select position 1.The dvd player wanted that
> position too. I used a card.
>
>
> "Robert" <PcTech@paradise.net.nz> wrote in message
> news:CFZfc.1019$cY5.95755@news02.tsnz.net...
> > Did you set the CD-RW drive jumpers to cable select?
> >
> > "Bubba" <bubba654@aol.com> wrote in message
> > news:waYfc.20015$rV4.2874964@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
> > > I have a Dimension 4550 which is out of waranty.
> > > Machine came with on DVD-R drive and one 30GB disk.
> > > I added one additional 200 GB disk
> > > and a CD-RW drive. I started having a
> > > problem where DVD-R drive shows as a device
> > > but no program recognizes a DVD or a CD in it.
> > > They all say, insert a disk.
> > > I called Dell twice and they solved it by asking me
> > > to do the following.
> > >
> > > Get into the setup menu via F2.
> > > Press caps lock and scroll lock.
> > > Press alt+F (it clears drive entries)
> > > Press alt+E
> > > Press alt+B to boot the machine.
> > >
> > > When the machine boots up, DVD is recognized.
> > > It happens very often and I do this sequence.
> > >
> > > What I noticed that DVD is recognized only
> > > once in the sense that if I take out the DVD and
> > > insert it back, it is no longer recognized.
> > > Someone told me that the sequence alters
> > > the EEPROM and there are finite number of times
> > > I can do it before the system becomes useless.
> > > I vaguly recall Dell guy telling me that problem
> > > is because I added additional devices.
> > >
> > > Is there any thing I can do in terms of
> > > some settings, cabling or something
> > > to overcome this situation. Now I am using
> > > my drive exrensively and it is really annoying.
> > > Thanks.
> > >
> > >
> >
> >
>
>
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    I can't help but I am interested since I am having the same problem with an
    Artec CD-RW drive an a Dell Dimension XPS T700r running Windows 98.

    --
    Steve Breibart
    E-mail: slbreibart@tsocommunication.com

    TSO Communication is a member of The River Network www.therivernetwork.co.uk
    "Bubba" <bubba654@aol.com> wrote in message
    news:oc4uc.83659$cz5.32472629@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
    > I had posted a query and many people replied.
    > (see below). I changed settings to cable select.
    > Everything worked for a while and now I have
    > the same problem again. If the drive is failing,
    > then why would it start working if I perform
    > the sequence suggested by Dell? Thanks.
    >
    > --------------
    > You don't need the card. Both being in the Cable Select position is
    proper.
    > ALL drives in the 4550 (and 8200) should be jumpered Cable Select.
    >
    > I'd guess the drive is failing.
    >
    > Tom
    > "Carolyn Taliaferro" <ctalia4000@comcast.net> wrote in message
    > news:17KdneCZ_seO8x3d4p2dnA@comcast.com...
    > > I have an 8200 and used a promise controller card to run a cdrw drive.
    The
    > > drive wanted to be in cable select position 1.The dvd player wanted
    that
    > > position too. I used a card.
    > >
    > >
    > > "Robert" <PcTech@paradise.net.nz> wrote in message
    > > news:CFZfc.1019$cY5.95755@news02.tsnz.net...
    > > > Did you set the CD-RW drive jumpers to cable select?
    > > >
    > > > "Bubba" <bubba654@aol.com> wrote in message
    > > > news:waYfc.20015$rV4.2874964@news4.srv.hcvlny.cv.net...
    > > > > I have a Dimension 4550 which is out of waranty.
    > > > > Machine came with on DVD-R drive and one 30GB disk.
    > > > > I added one additional 200 GB disk
    > > > > and a CD-RW drive. I started having a
    > > > > problem where DVD-R drive shows as a device
    > > > > but no program recognizes a DVD or a CD in it.
    > > > > They all say, insert a disk.
    > > > > I called Dell twice and they solved it by asking me
    > > > > to do the following.
    > > > >
    > > > > Get into the setup menu via F2.
    > > > > Press caps lock and scroll lock.
    > > > > Press alt+F (it clears drive entries)
    > > > > Press alt+E
    > > > > Press alt+B to boot the machine.
    > > > >
    > > > > When the machine boots up, DVD is recognized.
    > > > > It happens very often and I do this sequence.
    > > > >
    > > > > What I noticed that DVD is recognized only
    > > > > once in the sense that if I take out the DVD and
    > > > > insert it back, it is no longer recognized.
    > > > > Someone told me that the sequence alters
    > > > > the EEPROM and there are finite number of times
    > > > > I can do it before the system becomes useless.
    > > > > I vaguly recall Dell guy telling me that problem
    > > > > is because I added additional devices.
    > > > >
    > > > > Is there any thing I can do in terms of
    > > > > some settings, cabling or something
    > > > > to overcome this situation. Now I am using
    > > > > my drive exrensively and it is really annoying.
    > > > > Thanks.
    > > > >
    > > > >
    > > >
    > > >
    > >
    > >
    >
    >
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