Mitac 7321 optical drive problem

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re: Mitac 7321 aka Time Evesham Novatech Pico Packard Bell & many

Attempting to replace a non-functioning combi-drive with a number of
different optical drives ...

When I plug in a variety of optical drives & reboot, the device is
showing up as IDE device number 2 disabled. The actual optical drives
seem to want to work - I put a CD in & they spin up

The only optical drive I've got it to recognise was a basic CD Rom
unit, something like a Teac 224.

Any ideas ?  I've not tried a Bios upgrade yet, can't see it should be


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