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CD Rom problems

While playing games, my cd would skip, freeze and finally lock up on me.  After rebooting comp the cdrom would not read the cd that was in place.  After rebooting once again, the D drive (CDrom drive) no longer exists.  I have tried uninstalling cdrom and reinstalling it, but that does not work. Is this a software problem or a hardware problem?  I have a Pentium 233 running win98, 48 megs of ram, i have 6 gigs hard drive freespace.  Any help would be appreciated.
rcloyd
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OttaCommented:
My first guess is a "hardware" problem with the CD-ROM, especially when Windows cannot "detect" it after a warm reboot.
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hewittgCommented:
Rc,
Have seen this happen.  First check all connections on the CDROM, ie cable on mobo and cdrom, also power cord.

Hope this helps.

Glenn
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hewittgCommented:
Oops,
power cord that goes to cdrom,
Second,
Is it recognized in windows on your system?

Glenn
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hewittgCommented:
Oops twice,
sorry otta, toes hurt.

Third,
The CDROM could be bad.

Glenn

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OttaCommented:
>> Is it recognized in windows on your system?

> After rebooting once again, the D drive (CDrom drive) no longer exists.

To me, that implies that Windows *DID* recognize the CD-ROM, at least before the reboot.
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pjknibbsCommented:
Does the BIOS detect the CDROM on startup?
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rcloydAuthor Commented:
The CDROM shows in the bios, also in device manager but it is not there when I click on my computer.

rcloyd
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OttaCommented:
> it is not there when I click on "my computer".

START -> Programs -> MS-DOS prompt.

Enter 'DIR D:'.
What happens?
A listing of files?
An error-message?


Also, try:
- shutdown
- reboot
- after the power-on self-tests complete, press F8 as soon as you see "Starting Windows 95"
- choose step-by-step startup
- record each of the messages displayed, before entering 'y' at each prompt.

Cut-and-paste those messages here.
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alazareCommented:
sound like hd controller is having intermitten problem. make sure the dma box is not checked in device manager
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rcloydAuthor Commented:
Thanks hewittg, somehow cable to cdrom was loose, I clicked it in and it works great.

rcloyd
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