Dell Inspiron 4000

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I have a Dell Inspiron 4000 that I got for free.  When I got the
computer, I was told that the only thing wrong with it was a
"flaky" hard drive.  Up until this point I have had little
to no trouble with the HD, however, I can't get the cd-rom drive to
work, at all.  Windows XP recognizes that there is a cd-rom drive,
but fails to see a cd in the drive.  When you put a disc into the
drive it shows the cd icon for half a second then disappears,
forever, or until you put another cd in.  I've tried uninstalling the
drive, and reinstalling, I've tried Windows update.  I can't figure it
out....any ideas other than to walk my happy lil ass to best buy and
get a new rom drive?

Re: Dell Inspiron 4000

you could try uninstalling the cdrom in the device manager and reboot it
might come back but it sounds like the drive is bad. just a guess
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Re: Dell Inspiron 4000

playstation60 wrote:
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Pull the drive out and put in the floppy (if you have one)

Change slots with the battery.

Try both hot swapping and re-booting (in between)

Blow out the connections on the back of the drive of any possible
dirt/dust particles.

Thats about all i would try to rule it out either as a dead drive/and
or software issue.

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