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Not Reading CDROM

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I have a pentium 200 mmx system, windows 95, I have a cyberdrive cdrom, and windows is failing to locate the cdrom, the message i keep getting is d drive not ready and d not accessable. I have been up all night long trying to get it to find the cdrom but alas I have had no luck.
I would be very greatful if you may be able to shed some light on this unfortunate problem that I am having.

Thankyou
Leonard
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by:demarb
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Do you have dos drivers loading the CDRom? Check in your autoexec.bat and config.sys if you have lines like device=c:\cdrom\cdrom.sys /d:mscd001 (config.sys) or c:\windows\command\mscdex.exe /d:mscd001 (autoexec.bat) then rem them out and reboot to let windows load its own drivers for the CDRom.

Another option, do you have a boot disk that will load the CDRom? You would need the above lines and associated files on the boot disk to load it. I am just wondering if you can access the CDRom from DOS. You could also boot to DOS by hitting F5 as windows starts to load and choose Command Prompt Only, then try to access the CDRom.

Under Control Panel/System/Device Manager/CDROM are there any yellow exclamation points or red X's?

You also might want to check the cables and connections inside the computer and make sure nothing is loose. These are some possibilities but will also help to track down what might be causing the problem.
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jarod earned 50 total points
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if your cdrom light does not light up when u start your pc then u might consider looking for a new cdrom..it about time u get a new one

if the light light up and when u insert a cd into the drive, if the light blink for a while and continue to stay on, then might have a chance....maybe the lense is dirty..so look for a cd lense cleaner or if u daring enough, open up the cdrom drive unit and clean the lense yourself..well clean with what that's up to u....a cotton bud with some alcohol will do

if the light light up and when u insert a cd into the drive the light does not even blink then we are back to my first answer..get a new cdrom drive...

if everything is OK but if u check the windows , start->control panel->system, look for cdrom controller...if u find nothing there..well with most cdrom..this means u have to install the driver...
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by:jarod
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you can try demarb's way of loading the msdos cdrom driver and starting win95 with the dos drivers just to get win95 to detect the cdrom and install the correct driver for it..(it's automatic when u boot)
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by:rmarotta
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yepper,
Is this a new installation of that CD-ROM?

If so, be certain the drive is jumpered and correctly cabled, and the port to which it is connected is enabled.

If not, has it ever worked on this machine?

If the proposed answer does not solve the problem, just reject it an ask me for details if needed.

Regards,
Ralph
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by:yepper
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I tried all of that, now my when I put a cdrom in the light continually blinks and then it says not readind drive d or d is not ready.
Very frustrated
Leonard
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by:demarb
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leonard, you graded jarod's answer so it is accepted as the correct one.

Have you tried any of my suggestions of booting to dos etc?
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