Strange CD drive problems
Posted on 2001-07-18
Yesterday I turned on my computer and booted into Win98, where I found that my HP Cd-writer plus 8200i was not recognized by the Adaptec software which loads at startup. I checked under My Computer, and both of my CD drives where visible. My other drive is a generic 8x CD-ROM which came with my computer, nothing fancy. I tried reading a CD in both drives, and I was able to read the Win98 CD in each of the drives. However, My Computer reported the size of the disc as being 127mb, much smaller then I know the Win98 cd is. So I tried another CD, this time the Macromedia Dreamweaver 3 cd. Again, the size was reported as 127 mb. I looked at the properties for the drives, and they both had three vertical lines for "File System." Also, System info reports that my Primary and Secondary IDE controllers (dual fifo) are not present, not functioning, do not have all the drivers installed. But the CD drives can read CDs just fine, except for reporting their sizes incorrectly. However, I have no write capability with the HP 8200 because it isn't recognized by the HP software. When I first boot my computer, I see that the BIOS recognizes both of my CD drives.
So I tried to reinstall the HP software, but I couldn't read the disc in either drive. I could see the folders contained on the disc, but when I tried to open one, Windows would tell me that the folder doesn't exist. This is the only CD with which I have encountered this problem since my CD drives have been messed up.
I would greatly appreciate any help, as something is obviously very wrong. I have tried to restore the registry, but the same problem appears. Thank you in advance.