I have a curious problem with a new CD drive...hoping that someone has a thought on how to proceed.
My new CD-R/RW drive (Samsung model SW-248F) is in a homebrew Win98SE machine...it worked fine when it was first installed, but after a few days, the machine (on boot-up) couldn't "see" the CD, so, of course, Windows couldn't see it either. I flailed around making sure all my drivers were up to date and Win98SE was up to date. Out of frustration I put back in an old CD drive and the machine had no problem recognizing the drive. I put back in the new Samsung drive, and, voila, the machine recognized the drive.
All went well until I turned-off the machine for a few hours, then the problem returned. So I did the drive swap again, booted with the old CD, shut-down, replaced with the new CD, rebooted...and, voila, the machine recognized the new CD again.
This process is how I now have to use the new drive!
I tested my motherboard's battery and it tested OK, but I installed a new one anyway. No bios settings are being changed that I can see. Does anyone have a thought about what could possibly be being reset that is causing the machine to not recognize the new CD on subsequent boot-up.