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Fixing a CD-ROM installation

Recheck your installation and see that the CD-ROM is identified as the “slave” drive. Friday, June 29, 2001 Fixing a CD-ROM installation Recheck your installation and see that the CD-ROM is identified as the “slave” drive.

If you install a new CD-ROM drive and find that it’s not working, start with the basics and verify that your power and signal cables are correctly attached to the new CD-ROM drive. Also check your CMOS Setup and see that the drives are recognized by the BIOS. If your BIOS is current, both CD drives are probably identified by the BIOS at start time. If only one drive is identified, the cable or power is probably not attached properly to the missing drive. The signal cable may also be damaged (so try another cable). However, it’s more likely that you forgot to set the jumpers on that new CD-ROM–both the new CD-ROM and your existing CD-R drive are probably set as the “master” device. Recheck your installation and see that the CD-ROM is identified as the “slave” drive.

Formerly part of Computer Currents, Stephen J. Bigelow’s Computer Advisor column has been resurrected on computeruser.com as a daily tech tip column. Find Stephen at www.dlspubs.com.

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