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Hardware dilemma

  1. #1


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    Windows 8 Pro

    Hardware dilemma


    I have two optical drives that worked fine under XP. One is a DVD-RW and the other is a CD-RW. Both show up on the control panel, both show up as drives, but no matter what disc I put in, the drives rev up and then I get a window popping up that says "Please put a disc in the drive"

    I also have a SATA HDD that registers in the device manager, but does not show up as a drive on the HDD page under computer

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  2. #2


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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    Try adding the devices in Control Panel > Devices and Printers. Also, you could use device manager to try to update drivers for the devices. But, also, you may need to do some firmware updates.
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  3. #3


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    Windows 8 Pro


    The driver updates have been checked, and I am up to date on those. I will check and see about firmware. Thank you
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    Win7 Ult on DIY; Win8 Pro on MBP/Parallels; Win7 Ult on MBP/Boot Camp; Win7 Ult/Win8 Pro on HP


    You are very welcome.
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  5. #5


    What type of mobo do you have? Does the mobo have specific sata ports...sata 3 and sata 6. Is there a limit to the amount of sata ports you can connect. As in my case, my mobo has 6 sata ports but I can only have 4 hooked up at one time in legacy mode IDE/SATA. To use the other 2 port I have to have a special driver to enable and use them.
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  6. #6


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    Windows 8 Pro


    I only have 2 sata ports, and the two HDD are hooked up to them. I did notice something odd, though. After I went through and updated all the firmwares that I could, I noticed that my F: drive (which is my main one, don't ask why, wondows decreed that it would be so) is suddenly twice as big as it should be. I had 2 250 GB sata HDD in there, now I have one 500 GB drive listed(as listed by the computer screen). Is this some sort of "feature" that I didn't know about?
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    Definitely not a feature. Sounds like a quirk to me.
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  8. #8


    Posts : 4
    Windows 8 Pro


    I still see two drives on the control panel device manager. Odd. My optical drives are still spotty, though. I think I may go dig up a cleaning disc and see if it's just dusty in there
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