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Old 01-08-2008, 12:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question I can see my CDBurner in Explorer, but not the discs?

Hi,
I have a relatively new CD burner (off brand, maybe Memorex?) that has not worked properly in a long time. I think it has to do with the IDE cable, or how the cable is set up.

I believe the burner is the slave (the IDe cable goes from the regular CD-ROM to the motherboard, with the CD-Burner plugged in between the two).

The regular CD ROM reads perfect, but the Burner does not read blank or written discs...nothing.

I do see both drive letters in Windows Explorer.

Any advice on how to troubleshoot this?

Thanks in advance!
Ben.
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Old 01-08-2008, 05:25 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Does the burner read regular disks? Music CDs? Or anything at all?

try changing the pin to Cable Select.
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Old 01-15-2008, 04:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Hi,
thanks for the reply!

The unit does not read any CDs whatsoever.

When I changed to "cable select" and restarted, the PC got stuck in the first black screen (Win XP) saying "secondary drive failed", so I put it back.

I made a mistake in the original post: "I believe the burner is the slave (the IDe cable goes from the regular CD-ROM to the motherboard, with the CD-Burner plugged in between the two)."

The burner IS in plugged in the middle, but the pin is set as MASTER....while the CD-ROM is at the end of the cable, as SLAVE.

Does this change anything?

Again, I do see the drive letter in My Computer....but not reading any discs...


Thanks!
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Old 01-17-2008, 04:16 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Hi,
any ideas...please. Need to backup my hard drive soon. Well, like a year ago, actually.

Thanks again,
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Anyone...please...???

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Old 01-29-2008, 02:13 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Default Re: I can see my CDBurner in Explorer, but not the discs?

Try to unplug the CD player and just run the burner just to test it out. . Also if it booted up and shows the burner but wont read it would either be a bad cable or the burner is toast!
At least there cheep.
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