CD-ROM Drive Not Recognized, yet BIOS recognizes it

Discussion in 'Abit' started by Billy, Feb 1, 2007.

  1. Billy

    Billy Guest

    I am building a computer with fresh hard drive. In my attempt to set
    up the computer and hard drive, I need to load some things from the CD
    ROM. My BIOS can detect and identify the CD-ROM, however, when
    attempting to utilze bootable CD-ROM's, the data to begin the boot can
    be accessed but then the rest of the data can not and the boot process
    fails. I have not only tried this with a CD-ROM but also with two
    different DVD-RW drives. I get the exact same response no matter
    which drive I use. I have tried various settings, but most frequently
    have tried setting the CD ROM to Master since the CD ROM is the only 1
    IDE drive connected. I seem to be stuck since I can't continue the
    configuration of my system without access to the CD-ROM. To clarify,
    the CD-ROM is not acquiring a Drive letter. Attempts at setting up
    ATAPI have so far failed.

    Any suggestions?
    Billy, Feb 1, 2007
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  2. How about listing your hardware, telling us what OS you're trying to
    install, and breaking your posts up into a couple or three paragraphs to
    make them a little easier to read?

    You seem to have tried more than one optical drive, but have you tried more
    than one CD? - Is the one you're currently using dirty or damaged?

    You also say you're building a computer with a fresh hard disk. Does this
    imply that immediately prior to installing this new HD, the system had an OS
    up and running - and that the optical drive was properly recognised and
    worked fine?


    Richard Hopkins
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    Richard Hopkins, Feb 1, 2007
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