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0 Subject: CD ROM drive not detected for bootup

Posted by: Guru
- [330592710] Wed, Oct 10, 2007, 12:06

This morning, the power flickered off for about a second - twice. This caused my desktop to shut down, and then reboot.

Unfortunately, after rebooting, I discovered that Internet Explorer would not load web pages - or at least, it would hang for so long that I gave up. I also noticed that a couple of my other start-up programs that make use of internet connections would not load.

The issue is not with my internet connection or the modem, because Firefox still works fine, as does Thunderbird (for email). I connect via a router, and my laptop - which connects through the same router - is working fine.

I also tried connecting through a dial-up modem. Same problems.

I figured that some file or driver probably got corrupted when the power failed. I first tried a routine (found it at microsoft.com) that checks for corrupted files by comparing the current version to those on the WIndows XP installation CD. Apparently, nothing was found.

So, I tried to set up a repair installation of XP. I started the process from the installation CD, and it did some preliminary setup. Then I was prompted to reboot to continue the process.

Unfortunately, when rebooting, I got a blue screen say that "Setup cannot find a CD-ROM drive." Obviously, the drive is there, and it's the factory installed drive. I have booted from it before. The BIOS also shows it as a bootable drive.

Failing to get that process to find the CD-ROM drive, I decided to try upgrading from MSIE 6 to MSIE 7, think that perhaps this would also repair the problem.

That installation appeared to run fine, but on launch, IE7 experienced the same problems. Interestingly, IE7 does eventually load a requested page - but there is typically a delay of anywhere from 3-7 minutes, during which time the browser status bar simply says "waiting for http://rotoguru1.com/..." Once the page loads, I seem to be able to move quickly form page to page within that browser window if I stay with the same domain. But if I try to access a page from a different domain, another delay ensues. And sometimes, there is even a delay within the same domain.

Meanwhile, Firefox continues to run like a charm.

I'm kind is stuck at this point on what to do. Unless I can get the CD-ROM drive recognized during the boot setup process, I don't know how to accomplish any sort of OS reinstallation, partial or complete.

I've tried googling some of the various symptoms, but haven't found anything relevant.

Any ideas?
1youngroman
      ID: 3751268
      Wed, Oct 10, 2007, 14:22
I had a similiar problem at work. In my case the PC did not recognize the network connection and the mouse.

I fixed it by entering the BIOS and resetting its settings with the factory defaults. in case you have something changed in the BIOS-settings you better write the changes down before the reset.
2Challenger
      Sustainer
      ID: 481126818
      Thu, Oct 11, 2007, 09:46
Have you tried restoring your system to an older setting?
3Guru
      ID: 330592710
      Thu, Oct 11, 2007, 10:10
Actually, I tried that first. Didn't help.

I've had to put this issue on the back burner for now, in order to attend to more pressing needs. The laptop is still working normally, and all "mission critical" functions are still working on the desktop.

Before fussing with it anymore, I want to make sure I've got all necessary files backed up. Then perhaps I'll fiddle with the BIOS settings. Or even swap in a different CD-ROM to see if that helps.
4 positivIV
      ID: 14104283
      Mon, Oct 15, 2007, 08:30
Hello Guru,

I once had the same problem with the missing CD-ROM,('cause I was choosing the wrong repair option) but I successfuly repaired my XP Installation by choosing the correct repair installation option.

check the section XP Repair Install on
http://www.michaelstevenstech.com/XPrepairinstall.htm

Hope this helps!!!
5Guru
      ID: 330592710
      Fri, Oct 19, 2007, 12:09
Before trying to solve my undetectable boot CD-ROM drive, my Internet Explorer problem suddenly cleared itself up without any specific intervention from me.

Other programs that weren't running properly were successfully uninstalled and then reinstalled.

So while I'm still not sure what I'll do if I have to reload or repair the operating system, at least I have no need for that now.
6 Mario LeMoose
      ID: 29946207
      Sat, Oct 20, 2007, 18:20
A few pounds of prevention: uninterruptible power supply

Absolutely worth every penny.
7I found that connect
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      Fri, Oct 31, 2008, 01:50
I found that connector you were looking for
Cindy, is this the thing you were looking for?
www.liangdianup.com/computeraccessories_1.htm

It's on the list of computer accessories and parts. They have the DVI video thing to convert that jap monitor to work with your other computer. Just about any other kind of wire adaptor, usb connectors, monitor extension wires, ps2 extention wires, and all kinds of female and male swap connectors and things that I think would help your shop. If that above link don't work then goto www.lducompany.com and click on computer accessories. Let me know if that is what you need and give me your email address again.
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