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cd-rom drive installation problem

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I recently installed a Creative RW 4224E cd burner, using the same connection my former cd-rom drive was on, with no problems (it's on the same cable as my hard drive, and is set on slave).
I later attempted to reinstall my old cd-rom drive - a Pioneer 24x max - but can't get my system to recognize it.
I plugged it into an empty IDE connector (it's the only thing on it and the connector hadn't previously been used) on my Asus TX97 motherboard and set the jumper on master (it had previously been set on slave).
Win95 wouldn't auto recognize it - neither would setup, but perhaps it just recognizes hard drives?
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by:chev
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Take a quick look at the way you have set things up here ... My suggestion for you best configuration here is...
Put CD Burner Master IDE2, CD rom Slave IDE2. Obviously make sure that your cables are installed correctly .. You know coloured stripe to pin 1 on drive same on motherboard side as well.

Put Hdd on IDE1.. See if this fixes your problem... I set them up this way mainly because I do lots of CD to CD copying and this way there is nothing else on the bus to cause probs.. Also make sure their are no dos drivers installed in your config.sys and autoexec.bat you dont need them...
For example: mscdex and references..

Good Luck..
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by:RoadWarrior
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If you were not previously using your secondary IDE channel, check that it is not disabled in your bios setup and check that you have the cable the right way round.
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jiler earned 200 total points
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You might try booting in SAFE mode and removing the CD-ROM devices -- all of them. Then reboot. Before doing this, however, remove all references to CD-ROM drivers in your AUTOEXEC.BAT and CONFIG.SYS files. You can rem 'em out if you wish or just delete them. When you reboot, your drive should be recognized.
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by:jiler
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Oh, something else...in your bios, the IDE slot you're using should be set to AUTO, if possible. Also, there may be a listing in the bios that turns on or off the secondary IDE channel. If it's off, you won't have anything reconized. Actually, you should check this first. In the event that fails, see if the drive comes up on the POST. If it pops up, then remove the CD-ROMs from DEVICE MANAGER and try that.
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by:sherm
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I checked the BIOS (Award 4.51) and couldn't find a setting to turn the secondary channel off. I set it to auto but it still didn't detect anything - the Creative is detected fine though.
How do I see if the drive comes up in POST (and what is POST?!)
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by:christalnet
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almost sounds like a bad cable replace with one known to be good also unplug cdrw and plug in cdr to see if your bios will recognize it alone with it slaved  or cable select,,m updated bios will sometimes help and check faq at manufacturer home page for similar problems please advise when you have tried the advice from others
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by:jiler
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POST stands for Power On Self Test. When you turn on the computer, you should see a memory countdown followed by a disk detection screen. You'll see the Primary Master IDE device detected, then Primary Slave, then Secondary IDE Master, then Secondary Slave. In the bios, all disk options should be set to Auto if possible. Also, check under Integrated Peripherals for IDE channel settings (they, too, should be set to Auto if possible). Let me know how that works.
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by:sherm
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Problem fixed! Thanks everyone; my drive was recognized when I removed references to the drivers, as suggested.
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