System doesn't recognize CD-rom.

Hi. I use Windows 98. Recently I bought Takram 315/U SCSI card for my Pinnacle Micro RCD-1000 CD-R. I had hard time installing SCSI CD-R. I couldn't find RCD-1000 driver anywhere. Then I was be able to make it work but suddenly my original CD-rom doesn't work. I reinstall CD-rom driver few times but it didn't work. Finally, I did FDISK and FORMAT C drive and started with startup disk. But it didn't recognize my CD-rom. I couldn't start windows because the CD-rom didn't work. Please help.
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WiZaRdConnect With a Mentor Commented:
In that case there is no doubt in my mind your CDrom drive is toast!
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rezzerCommented:
Is the CD drive detected by the BIOS when you boot the PC?
Check your BIOS settings.
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exs56Author Commented:
Yes, CD was detected by the BIOS. But I don't know how to check the BIOS.
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rezzerCommented:
What make is PC?
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WiZaRdCommented:
So you've checked your cable connections to the board and the drive ?
If that's OK try disconnecting the SCSI drive & see if it works now.
It's also possible you've installed a SCSI driver in your startup files that is conflicting with the IDE CDrom.
More info on the following would be appreciated (it may point to the problem):

Then I was be able to make it work but suddenly my original CD-rom doesn't work

What did you do to "make it work"?
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exs56Author Commented:
OK,WiZaRd.
I downloaded Adaptec SCSI driver. Before that my computer didn't recognize the SCSI CD-R. After downloading the Adaptec SCSI driver, my PC recognized the CD-R. Then again I had two SCSI driver in my system, which was from Tekram and from Adaptec. For a while both of my CD-rom worked. Then suddenly it stop working.
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HumanCommented:
Just as a remote possibility- are you running windows in safe mode? (the icons are bigger, colors are basic, and 'safe mode' is written at each corner of the screen) In safe mode, your scsi devices would probably be recognized but your cd-rom drive definitely wouldn't even appear. -H
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exs56Author Commented:
No, I am not running in safe mode. I couldn't running windows for my C drive. I used startup disk which is my floppy disk.
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WiZaRdCommented:
Do you know roughly when it stopped working ?
If it's a software problem it may be resolved by the following
restart in dos mode
type scanreg /restore at the prompt (note space after scanreg) & select the nearest date prior to the error occurring. reboot as prompted & see if it works (if it does it is a driver/software problem).
if it doesn't work after this and you've checked for loose cables etc... I'd be prepared for the eventuality it's a hardware problem. In this case cheapest option first 1.replace the cable & test.
2.borrow a friend's computer to see if the CDrom works on their system.
3. replace the drive
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stevenlewisCommented:
Do you have windows up and running now?
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rezzerCommented:
It sounds like your CD Rom has had it. If you can't access it using a boot disk this rules out any OS/software/driver problems and as it's detected in the BIOS start-up it's probably nothing to do with cables/BIOS settings
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WiZaRdCommented:
Hold on here ! Between posts I see a message you couldn't run windows and are booting to a boot disk ?
If that is the scenario what else has gone wrong ?
Sorry I assumed (based on the info provided) that you were getting to windows OK just had a CDrom problem !
Well let's take out of the equation the thing that started the problem which is the SCSI drive.
Detach the SCSI for now & get a boot disk with CDrom support for most drives from www.bootdisk.com
Unless you have a faulty CDrom drive you should be able to get to the CD with this disc.
Install 98 first then configure SCSI drive afterwards.
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exs56Author Commented:
OK,I am away from my PC now. I will try all thoes thins tonight and post the results tonight. Thanks.
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exs56Author Commented:
I couldn't get it to work with bootdisk. I restart with  cdrom suport using startup disk. The pc recognize cd-rom but when I typed e:\setup.exe it gives message that 'CDR101:Not ready reading drive E'
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exs56Author Commented:
I couldn't get it to work with bootdisk. I restart with  cdrom suport using startup disk. The pc recognize cd-rom but when I typed e:\setup.exe it gives message that 'CDR101:Not ready reading drive E'
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stevenlewisCommented:
Is this a burned CD (copied) and is the drive less than 16x (an older drive) If so it won't read a burned cd, you have to get either the original cd or a newr cd drive and put it in
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exs56Author Commented:
No, it is not a burned CD. CDrom doesn't read anything.
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