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    CD drives

    I have a fairly new computer, but I have always had a problem with windows recognising some of my cds. These are all original cds, but I am not sure what is wrong because I have had this problem using both xp and me, and my drives have been completely erased 2 times. Does anyone know what might be the problem?

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    nobody has any idea what is wrong?

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    does it not read a CD at all, or does it fire an error?

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    well it is that with some things, it doesn't recognise the cd as what it is,although you can still use it. just not games the make sure you have the cd in the drive, and both my drives do this

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    How old is the CD drive? And the motherboard? You say you have had your drives wiped, you did it or it crashed wiping them? (could be your IDE controller)

    Are you using DMA drivers with them? Are you using a UDMA/AT harddrive on the same cable as a non DMA CDROM? Or a CD with DMA enabled on a non DMA/ATA cable or IDE on the MB?

    Do you have the auto insert notification in Windows on?
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    my entire system isn't even a year old, and after the few advancements I put on it, the only thing that isn't as good as the best ones today it that it is only using a 933 mhz processor. The drives always did that, so I didn't have anything to do with crashing, and it does recognise the cds during an installation, but not when I try to run certain games that check. diablo 2 is the only one that I can think of right now, but I know a couple other games did too. it is kinda strange though cause the version of matlab 6 that I have requires a cd in the drive, and that works, but some games don't

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    Is the CD and the harddrive on the same ribbon cable?
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    despite whether both devices are on the same cable, i have that configuration, and then some, and it works fine...

    I would suspect your IDE controllers... or maybe even bad cables... have you flashed your BIOS? maybe done an update on all your drivers for the mobo(as asked above)?

    My suggestion would be to change your configuration... switch cables around, use different cables, try them both on seperate channels...

    keep us updated..

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    my two hard drive and two cd drive each have different cables. both are good, and it does recognise most cds as the cd they are, but just some games don't work.

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    No ideas anymore?

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