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I am building a new system for a friend and I can't seem to get the Plextor DVD player to work.  It is one of the few parts from the old system and it worked fine there.  After I first installed everything the door would open on its own power but it wouldn't read the disk.  It didn't even feel like it tried to spin up.  I tried swapping it out with an old CDrom.  The door wouldn't even open.  When I tried reconnecting the Plextor, its door wouldn't open now.  I tried different IDE ribbons and power connections and none have helped.  I am loading the system right now with my USB CDrom but I am stumped on this internal drive.

The DVD just sits there with the green light flashing 3 times then repeats.  I have tried to find the meaning of the light flashing 3 times but so far no good.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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If your IDE cable wasn't notched, perhaps it was plugged in incorrectly to the drive or the motherboard?
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by:Talenhawk
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I thought of that and chacked but it was right and also the drive is recognized in the bios.
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by:grsteed
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Does it show up during POST or in BIOS Setup.  That would confirm that it is cabled properly. If it doesn't show up I would check the master/slave/CS settings and also that the IDE channel that you're using (Secondary?) is  enabled in BIOS

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Gary
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by:phototropic
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What's happening in Device Manager. Is the drive there? If so, what is it's status?
If it is listed, try uninstalling it and then scanning for hardware changes, or reboot and see if Windows will detect it.
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by:nobus
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try connecting it to the other IDe cable, or test the drives on another system - you can have :
-a bad ide cable
- a bad drive
-a bad ide controller
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by:Visual3DMaya
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Try to move dvd drive on another pc, works it there?
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by:phototropic
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I repeat, what is happening in Device Manager? (start - control panel - system - hardware - device manager).

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by:Talenhawk
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Now I am really stumped.  It shows up in post and in device manager saying it is working properly.  So my first thought is maybe the drive has a problem, so I hook it to another system. The DVD worked fine when I hooked it to a dell demension.  So maybe its the cable right.  I replace that and there is no change.  Alright, now it has to be the system board right?  Well I call ABit and do some troubleshooting and they send me a new board. (GD8 Pro - only has one ide port).  I connect everything up and we have the exact same problem.  What the hell?!  I have ruled out the systemboard, the cable, and the drive.  What else is there?
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by:nobus
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software.
try booting from a knoppix cd : www.knoppix.org. if it works then, it is soft, if not, hard.
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by:Talenhawk
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So I plug an IDE HDD in the same IDE port and it doesn't even seen it.  I don't see how it it possible that I could have a second systemboard with a bad IDE port.  So assuming that the IDE port works what else could it be?
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by:nobus
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did you try other settings? M/S ?
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by:nobus
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and check your mobo manual, some boards have a setting for the ide devcies in the Bios
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After all this time I just tried something I should have thought of before.  The Antec power supply I have is one of the new ones that  have ports that the molex power cables plug into.  Because the lights were flashing on the drive I never considered it could be a power issue.  Well I just plugged in a connector from another port and it is working fine.  Apparently the top port isn't putting out enough power.   So sweet, its working.
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Glad to hear that you got it resolved.
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