CD ROM drive inaccessible, message

My CD Rom drive is not being recognized by my computer. I put in a cd Rom, and double clicked the Shortcut on the desktop, and it gave me the message; the drive or network connection that the shortcut refers to is unavailable. I tried this several times with several different cd's, and it still didnt work.
I went to My Computer, and It gave me a message D:\ drive is inacessable.
I cant get any music cd's to work either. What could be the problem?
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Was it working previously?
How long have you had the computer?

Does the LED on the drive come on when you're trying to access it?
Have you checked your Systems Properties->Device Manager to see if Windows is aware of a specific problem/conflict?
Have you rebooted and tried again?
Hello katdude,

Do what RobWMartin suggested. There might be also hardware problem causing the problems.

If you have moved or shaked your computer lately you should open (or ask someone from IT) cover of your computer and check that flat-cable is undamaged and connected firmly between cdrom and motherboard (just give her a gentle push).

Anyway that was once the reason why my second hd was detected poorly...

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reboot to dos and type:

fdisk /mbr  and hit enter

repeat this a few times.

it fixes problems with the Master Boot Record
What does the MBR of the primary hard drive have to do with the CD drive?
it has to do with the drives recognizes at boot
Operating system ?
 The cd drive is  Scsi or Ide ?

When your pc boots press pause key when the bios screen summary appears (a lot of bios have this feature) and look if the cd is listed.

If you have the cd driver diskette try to make the cd work in dos mode .
You will know that it is not a hardware problem.

If it is a scsi one get at Adaptec web site their utility to check the version os Aspi drivers installed . It is a goo didea to get their latest version

If none of the above works your drive is damaged, if it is under warrenty call the tech support and have it replaced. If it is not you will have  to buy a new drive.

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