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BIOS/PC Doesn't see the cd/dvd-rom drive

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TickleMyElmo

Member
Joined
Apr 16, 2011
Location
Missouri
So, I'm working on a friends pc and after going to use the cd/dvd-rom drive there was nothing there. I checked BIOS, nothing. Both the ssd and hdd are sata 2 and the cd/dvd-rom drive is pata. The cd/dvd-drive opens and closes, but that's it. What to do next?
 

Janus67

Benching Team Leader
Joined
May 29, 2005
Try a different Pata cable or port on the motherboard if there is one? The drive opening and closing only has to do with the fact that it has power.

Worst case go spend $20 for a DVD drive from the past decade
 
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TickleMyElmo

TickleMyElmo

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Apr 16, 2011
Location
Missouri
Ok, I fixed that.. The pata cable wasn't all the way plugged in. But now there is another problem. It won't read discs. Just sits there for a bit then spits em out.
 

tachi1247

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Joined
Oct 28, 2008
Assuming you have an extra sata port spend the $14 on newegg and buy a new dvd burner. Cheaprst way to fix the issue.
 

deathman20

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Joined
Aug 5, 2002
Its one of those surprised it lasted this long.

If a new cable laying around didn't fix it, there is jumpers on the back side but you'd have to look up the possible configurations for it.
Realistically swing for a new SATA DVD Player/Burner for $20 and under. Get rid of that ATA cable clutter.