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Sam Hell
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« on: December 04, 2004, 12:06:09 AM »

She has a regular CD drive and a CD-R. Neither one will work.
The machine recogizes the drives, as they are in "My Computer" along with the floppy and HDD. They eject and all that, but you put a disc in and there is nothing.

It says "Please insert disc" when there is a disc in it.

I've uninstalled both drives a few times and even replaced the HDD with one I had laying around. Same thing.

For what it's worth, its a Compaq Pent.3 700 running Windows XP Pro w/ 256 megs.

I'm CONFUSED! Worse yet, she uses MY computer now..... :evil:
Help!
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« Reply #1 on: December 04, 2004, 03:35:43 AM »

When was the last time that it worked properly?  Can you remember anything that was done to the machine between now and then?  It's possible that some changes made could be the problem.
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« Reply #2 on: December 05, 2004, 02:38:17 AM »

Some times XP does that. I just looked at a girl's computer which was doing that and got it to boot from one of those live eval linux discs, so I knew it wasn't the hardware. She did a "repair" install and now it sees the cdroms just fine.
If you can boot from the XP cd, it's most likely that.
Just another form of Windows rot I guess.
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« Reply #3 on: December 05, 2004, 05:37:19 AM »

Could be a virus, esp if both drives are doing it.

try booting the PC with a bootable CD (like an XP CD), or with a boot disk that gives DOS side CDROM access. then try to read a CD from there. if that works, you've got a windows problem, possibly a virus.
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« Reply #4 on: December 05, 2004, 04:48:17 PM »

Starforce, perhaps?  :shock:
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« Reply #5 on: December 05, 2004, 06:47:27 PM »

Thanks for the suggestions guys.
I tried to boot from the XP disc, no dice there either.

We decided to use this as an excuse to make an overdue upgrade for her. I'm going to put a new machine together.

We got alot of miles out of the venerable Compaq (5 years) , but it has seen better days.
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« Reply #6 on: December 10, 2004, 01:08:04 PM »

Sam,

A few days ago I stripped down an old machine and with that I have a spare cd-rom drive. It's nothing fancy but if you want it, it's yours.

Email me at [email protected] if you'd like me to ship it to you.
Drive and shipping free, it won't cost you anything.
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