Here are the posts I've put on a few Computer msg. boards requesting help....I'd love some input:
Let me preface by saying that I know enough to be dangerous and that's about it, regarding fixing computers.
Sunday, my original CD-RW just stopped reading any and all discs...games, music, all.
So I figured it died, I'll buy another. We'll, I got a great deal on a Lite-On LTR-52327S and it got here last night.
Installed it into my MSI 845 Pro-2 Secondary IDE Port and directly into the CD-RW using the middle plug on the IDE cable. I then inserted the Nero CD it came with and BAM!, same problem.
The computer sees and acknowledges that the CD-RW is installed and says it is working fine, but whenever I insert ANY kind of disc, the lite blinks on a few times and you hear it spool up, then the D: shows that a disc is in it, but that it has "0 bytes" on the disc (ie. a blank disc) regardless of what kind of disc I put in the CD-RW.
I just bought a new IDE cable and the same thing is happening.
The CD-RW is the Master and the only thing hooked to the Secondary IDE port. My 2 HDD's are hooked to my Primary IDE port.
One thing that leads me to believe it's a mobo issue is that if I reboot my computer with any disc in the CD-RW, it recognizes not only that a disc is in there, but will play/run said disc. But only that one disc and only the very first time after a reboot.
Very, very frustrated.
Ideas or help of a new kid in these parts would be very welcomed.
Just now, I did the following:
And the plot thickens....
I swapped my E: (slave HDD) onto the secondary IDE port and am able to access everything on it.......this tells me that the secondary IDE port on my mobo is good, correct?
I also replaced the slave HDD on the primary IDE port with my new CD-RW and got the same problems with the CD-RW, slaving behind the C: (main HDD).
This would lead me to believe that the new CD-RW is garbage, correct?
-I can use a HDD on the secondary IDE port and it works fine.
- Regardless of which IDE port the new CD-RW is on (slave on the primary or Master on the secondary) it can not read media.
-This points to a bad CD-RW right?