[quote=Kerry56;2141665]I’m assuming you see the cd drive in the bios and that it is an older style IDE/ PATA drive.[/QUOTE]
Yes, the IDE CD-RW drive is seen as a CDROM in the BIOS.
Have you checked the jumper on the back of the drive to make sure it is set correctly? If it is the only drive on that cable, then it should be on the very end connector and set the jumper as Master. That should be optimal. You could also set the jumper as Cable Select.
Kerry, the CD-RW drive is set to Master and it’s on the very end of the flat drive cable. It’s also the only drive on that cable.
If you cannot hear the drive spin up, then something bad is going on here. You might try a different power cable to connect to the drive.
I cannot hear the drive (could it be THAT quiet?) but it does get warm like it’s working.
Going from there, if you still cannot get the drive to spin up, we’ll have to troubleshoot in another way. Make sure your floppy is set up properly and is one of the first two to boot up (before the hdd’s)
The floppy is set as number two drive.
Next download a bootable floppy image and put it into a floppy disk.
Can I get this bootable floppy image at the link below?
Put it in the problem computer and see if it will boot up this way. With this exercise I’m just trying to see if the boot order is actually working.
As bad as I hate it Kerry, this part will have to wait until I return from a trip out of the state. I could be gone as much as 14 days…or as little as 3 days. I hope the latter. And I hope when I do return you will be willing to continue this diagnostics.
You can make your own bootable floppy from XP using this free program: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Boot-Manager-Disk/WinBuilder.shtml There are some other options as well at softpedia: http://www.softpedia.com/downloadTag/boot+disk
Let me know if any of my assumptions are incorrect…especially if your cdrw is actually a SATA drive.
It’s 1:15 and I have to get up early to catch a flight so I’d better get to bed. Thanks Kerry. I’ll be talking to you later…I may even do it from my motel. But I won’t be able to do any actual work on the computer or tell you what’s going on. Guess it will have to wait.