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I have a Compaq Deskpro 6000 with a Power Drive.
A Power Drive is a CD ROM drive which is used either as a classical CD ROM player (when You put a CD in it) or as an Optical Drive (when You put a optical disk in it). In both instance a different drive letter is used (resp. E and F).
After reinstallation of Windows NT 4.0 with Service Pack 3 (due to a crash) I can use the powerdrive as CD ROM player but not as optical drive. Drive E is listed in Windows Explorer and when I put a CD in everything works fine. Drive F is never listed even if I put an optical disk in it at startup.
It seems to me that some optical disk drive driver is missing...or what?
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I'm having trouble trying to figure out what's the question?
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by:busuka
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Read the question: "There seems to be missing something...."
So question missing something POINTS.

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mvdmeule:  Would you restate your question more clearly please?
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Thanks Mvdmeule.

When you either reload Windows NT, add updates and in this case added Service Pack 3, the third-party modifications to the load order of device drivers are not preserved during a system upgrade. If a device (such as an optical disk) is not operating correctly after a system upgrade, you will no doubt have to reinstall the driver.

Do you have the NT repair disk or a copy of the driver for the Optical drive?
Dennis
 

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This confirms my feeling that my problem is a driver problem.
However I have no idea which driver this is, what's is name is or where to find a copy of it.
What is the NT repair disk?
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Okay, let me address the NT repair disk issue first. The repair disk is created when NT is first loaded on the system. This disk is prepared during the install procedure and is used to repair the system in the event you have a minor crash or file corruption. It contains your system configuration and it is recommended that during this process you transfer driver files to it and subsequent disks in the event a restoration is necessary.

As for locating a driver for the drive, you will need to identify the drive itself (who made it) as well as the model and serial number info. This way, you can A. check the drive on the NT hardware compatibility list, B. Go to the manufacturers site and download a new driver or C. Contact Compaq or visit their site and download a driver.

If you tell me the manufacturer, model and serial number, I'll try and trace it for you.
Dennis
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