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Hi,

 

I seem to be having no end of problems at the moment (thankfully not all PC-related ...)

 

This particular problem has been happening off-and-on for a couple of months now but has recently got more frequent.

 

Symptoms: Power up the PC - DVD-writer light flashes three/four times and then remains permanently on - this in turn SEVERELY slows down the booting up process (approx. 3~4 minutes of staring at the Windows screen) - the DVD-writer drive assignment (ie. drive E on the system) is non-functional (ie - it does not appear in the list)

 

It has no other impact on the running of the system other than that I can't access the drive.

 

In the past, a quick reboot or hard reset would snap it out of this behaviour and all would be well (including quick/normal boot time and drive letter assignment).

 

I've looked at the internal connections and both the power and data cables are firmly in place.

 

Before I go down the route of buying a new drive and cables does anyone have any idea as to what is causing the above symptoms?

 

Many thanks for your feedback.

 

Regards,

 

Dan

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Thank you chaps!

 

Whilst having my dinner I have been looking through the various websites and found that a decent DVD-RW can be had from £9:shock: to about £30. For the sake of the exercise I will disconnect the drive and see what happens but wil definitely be buying a new drive at the weekend. Final question - a lot of the new drives seem to have SATA connections. At the moment my drive is not connected via SATA but the MoBo is SATA enabled (my two HDD's are connected via SATA). I take it that I just purchase the data and power lead and off I go?

 

Regards,

 

Dan

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Thank you chaps!

 

Whilst having my dinner I have been looking through the various websites and found that a decent DVD-RW can be had from £9:shock: to about £30. For the sake of the exercise I will disconnect the drive and see what happens but wil definitely be buying a new drive at the weekend. Final question - a lot of the new drives seem to have SATA connections. At the moment my drive is not connected via SATA but the MoBo is SATA enabled (my two HDD's are connected via SATA). I take it that I just purchase the data and power lead and off I go?

 

Regards,

 

Dan

 

Hold on a min!! How many sata slots do you have free?, most mobos come with only 2 connectors!

 

If you have 4 its not a problem, should just be a plug and play job :)

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Hold on a min!! How many sata slots do you have free?, most mobos come with only 2 connectors!

 

If you have 4 its not a problem, should just be a plug and play job :)

 

Yes, I just thought of that as well I hit "submit"! LOL. I think I've got 2 SATA slots but will need to confirm this in the morning when I open up the case.

 

Good point though! Thanks!

 

Dan

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Yes, I just thought of that as well I hit "submit"! LOL. I think I've got 2 SATA slots but will need to confirm this in the morning when I open up the case.

 

Good point though! Thanks!

 

Dan

 

Not a problem! if you need any help and dont want to put a post up about it just pm me, i will more than happy to help :)

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