CD-ROM Problem

I have a Creative Infra54 CD-ROM drive.  Suddenly I have this "drive E: not accessible" error.  I tried it with DOS and the same error occurs.  I even tried to format my hard disk and tried reinstalling the software from beginning but it doesn't work.  My BIOS can detect the drive though. Is this a hardware problem?  
rcbarotAsked:
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BgreenwoodCommented:
What OS are you running?
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rcbarotAuthor Commented:
My OS is Win98.



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Jason_SCommented:
Verify that all your IDE cables are on tightly.  Then if you can not read a CD from the CD-ROM either from DOS mode, or from within Windows, then the drive is bad, or needs to be cleaned.

Can you eject the drive from 98?  If so, then you know the opperating system is talking to the drive at least.
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BgreenwoodCommented:
Being able to eject the CD-ROM will only tell you if you have power to the device not whether or not it is talking to the OS.  If BIOS can detect it I would assume the cables are on correctly and tight.  But it is a good idea just to check.  When you say suddenly I assume it was working at one time.  Were there any hardware changes that took place.  Check the device manager and see if there is any sort of conflict.  If this is not the case, it may be time to visit your local computer hardware store.
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Jason_SCommented:
Bgreenwood:  I mean to eject the CD from within Explorer, (not with the button on the front of the drive).
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rcbarotAuthor Commented:

I can eject the CD-ROM through Windows.

I have tried cleaning it but it doesn't help.

There is no conflict with other devices in the device manager.
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Jason_SCommented:
So windows does see, and talk to the drive.

Create a boot disk that will load drivers for the CD-ROM in DOS Mode. (www.bootdisk.com) Try booting to it, and see if you can then read a disk.

Have you re-seated the cables on the drive?

Another thing to try is to boot the system into Safe Mode (via F8 key when "Starting Windows 98" message is displayed).  Then go to Device Manager, and remove all CD-ROM devices.  When you reboot, the driver will install itself again.  Then try reading a CD.
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rcbarotAuthor Commented:
Thanks a lot guys.  I already solved the problem by dismantling the drive and cleaning the lens.  That's all.  Thanks a lot!
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Jason_SCommented:
Glad to hear it is now working.  Since I suggested to clean it, I am posting an Answer.  Glad to help.
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rcbarotAuthor Commented:
Okay, I guess the points are yours.  Thanks a lot!!!
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