CD drive problem--- please help !

Two monthes ago I installed a second hard drive in my system. Since then I had  trouble with my CD drive. Last night I tried to install some software but I couldn't because the CD is not working. Clicking on its icon gives :
The device is not ready message.
and the light is always on.

Because I really need to use the software I went and bought a new CD drive (CTX) . The system could not recognize it. If I put a CD in it, the light is  always on .

W#hat is the problem please. Can somebody help. Thanks
aja101498Asked:
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oldgreyguyCommented:
if your system has two hard drives and one cdrom, I would:

1/ have both hard drives on the primary IDE cable, one as master, and one as slave

2/ move the CDROM to the secondary IDE, as a Master

It sounds like you just have something jumpered wrong, possible a cable backwards. The stripe should go towards the power connector.

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aja101498Author Commented:
>The stripe should go towards the power >connector.

not clear !

Do you think I have to change any jumper in the CD drive
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jjmcdCommented:
aia

Presumably you have 2 IDE cables.  On each cable, one, and only one, drive must be jumpered as master and one as slave.  Some hard drives have a different jumper configuration for being master with another drive as slave than when they are the only drive.  Be sure to check the drive instructions.  If you've lost or never had the drive instructions, most recent drives have the jumpering printed on the label.  Also, most manufacturers web sites have manuals you can download.

Secondly, each of the IDE cables has a stripe, typically red, on one side.  That side must go to pin 1 on the motherboard connector and on pin 1 on the drive.  On the disk drive, pin 1 is always the one closest to the power connector.
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1cellCommented:
The stripe should go towards the power >connector.

The cable can be reversed as long as it's reversed on both the controller and the drive.  Make sure that if you put the red stripe towards the power connector, make sure it's alligned with the first pin of the IDE controller on the motherbaord.  This is usually labeled with a very small 1 at one end of the controller.
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faroutCommented:
go to your bios general settings set the mainslave and secondaryslave ide channel to auto
save you`r bios (award  f10 y enter)
boot the computer and if the cabel from the controler is connectet then you will
see a detection of your cd if not the cabel is reveres turn one end and try again if this dosent work check the jumper settings is the drive set to slave then set it to master
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No1Commented:
oldgreyguy

You solved my problem. Post the grades.Thanks
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aja101498Author Commented:
oldgreyguy

You solved my problem. Post the grades.Thanks
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oldgreyguyCommented:
glad to have been in the saloon for the fight

bill
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