I just installed an 8x DVDRW (a “Pacific Digital” that is in fact a rebadged BTC) into my Dell Dimension 4600. I slid it into place, screwed it in, attached the IDE cable and power cable and rebooted. The computer dtected the drive in the BIOS and XP started up, detected/installed the drive and told me to reboot, so I did. But I found it wierd that the LED wasnt flashing at all when I powered the computer up and the tray would not open when I would press the eject button. So I reboot and those problems still persist. It doesn’t seem like any power is flowing to the drive but it was installed fine by Windows and is listed on Device Manager.
I tried using two different power cables from my power supply but neither of them work. All the other devices/drives in my system are powering up fine though so I don’t think it’s a problem with my computer.
Could it be that the drive is simply DOA?
Can anyone suggest how to figure this out?
One weird thing I should mention is that I (stupidly) installed the drive while the computer was still on. From out of nowhere, as I was plugging the power cable in the computer shut off. I had to take unplug and replug the surge protector before I could turn it back on. Is it possible I fried the drive and that is what caused the entire computer to shut down? But then how come the system BIOS and XP detect it fine?
Some help please?