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post #1 of 71 Old 10-23-2011, 09:16 AM Thread Starter
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What's the chance that both my DVD and CD drives in my PC (8 years old) go gunny bags at the same time?


They both disappeared from under "My Computer" at the same time. I went to troubleshoot and that was as helpful as a handful of shit. The PC was worked on some months ago but I honestly don't remember checking out things afterwards except for the the specific problem which was virus related.


I'm about to pull it open and spy around.

I don't want to shoot it because I don't have the yingum for a replacement.

的 said I never had much use for one.
Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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Mothers started working after fiddling around with the ribbon cables and power connectors.


Go figure.

I think it wants to die but I won't let it.

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Never said I didn't know how to use it."
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8 years old.......Do you just check e-mail and wristtwisters? Your good if you do, but I think it might be time to upgrade Bigdaa.

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Did you try reloading the drivers for the CD/ DVD? You may also check for a mouse nest.

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First thing to check would be under device manager, check to make sure your drives are working correctly. It sounds like the os wasn't seeing it....and sometimes it is just a matter of reseating the cables on both the motherboard and device ends.

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If both CD and DVD are on the same cable, most likely it's the connector to the board coming loose. If you keep getting problems with both drives, try replacing the ribbon cable.

Another thing you can do is go to control panel/device manager. Uninstall both drivers and restart (Windows will pick it up automatically next time it boots). This shouldn't be the problem, but sometimes windows is funny like that

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I'd replace the cable then next on the list would be a new power supply.
After that I'd look at a new mobo.


Hopefully the cable is the problem. Although I've never had a IDE or SATA cable go bad. I have had about 4 power supplies go bad.
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BigD, if you end up needing to buy parts don't spend more than $50 on it. Anything more and I'd highly consider getting a new box for around $250 for surfing/email. A compromised PS along with aging parts (HDD, CPU, MB) can add up in replacements in a short time period. Just my 2 pennies

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hold up guys.

OP try this.... run the attached registry file it will usually fix cd drives that just up and disappeared like that (this file typically works best on XP, but also sometimes works on vista n 7... its worth a try regardless)


http://teamlosi.andrevas.net/random/resetCDrom.zip


I use this exact thing all the time at work... just download, unzip and double click the reg file and click yes(or ok w/e it is) then restart the computer.

also agreed with andrew's comments... all too often i see people drop 100-200 bucks into an OLD computer to get it back up and running, when they coulda spent 250-300 bucks and had a brand new computer that would spank the pants off their old one.

FYI - i work in computer repair.

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hold up guys.

OP try this.... run the attached registry file it will usually fix cd drives that just up and disappeared like that (this file typically works best on XP, but also sometimes works on vista n 7... its worth a try regardless)


http://teamlosi.andrevas.net/random/resetCDrom.zip


I use this exact thing all the time at work... just download, unzip and double click the reg file and click yes(or ok w/e it is) then restart the computer.

also agreed with andrew's comments... all too often i see people drop 100-200 bucks into an OLD computer to get it back up and running, when they coulda spent 250-300 bucks and had a brand new computer that would spank the pants off their old one.

FYI - i work in computer repair.
[email protected]:~$ wget http://teamlosi.andrevas.net/random/resetCDrom.zip
--2011-10-23 20:20:57-- http://teamlosi.andrevas.net/random/resetCDrom.zip
Resolving teamlosi.andrevas.net... 67.210.126.110
Connecting to teamlosi.andrevas.net|67.210.126.110|:80... connected.
HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 405 Method Not Allowed
2011-10-23 20:21:03 ERROR 405: Method Not Allowed.

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[email protected]:~$ curl http://teamlosi.andrevas.net/random/resetCDrom.zip > resetCDRom.zip
% Total % Received % Xferd Average Speed Time Time Time Current
Dload Upload Total Spent Left Speed
111 556 111 556 0 0 4489 0 --:--:-- --:--:-- --:--:-- 9266
[email protected]:~$ unzip resetCDRom.zip
Archive: resetCDRom.zip
inflating: resetCDrom.reg
[email protected]:~$ cat resetCDrom.reg
Windows Registry Editor Version 5.00

;Issue this addresses: Use this when a CD-Rom drive is not working properly (being seen, showing up as a HD, etc) within WinXP.

;Date created: Dec 27, 2004
;Created by: SA Sherwood
;Contributed by: DA Jason Bird, DA Luke Steiner and DA Sarah Yanari

;NOTE: you may have to reinstall burning software after this fix is applied.

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}]
"UpperFilters"=-
"LowerFilters"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet001\Control\Cl ass\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}]
"UpperFilters"=-
"LowerFilters"=-

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\ControlSet003\Control\Cl ass\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}]
"UpperFilters"=-
"LowerFilters"[email protected]:~$

ok, so it's tame...please forgive me for using linux to check on a .zip file sourced fromt he internet... silly to .zip a 779b file but, but I understand why they did it!

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ok, so it's tame...please forgive me for using linux to check on a .zip file sourced fromt he internet... silly to .zip a 779b file but, but I understand why they did it!
FYI i zipped it thinking i was going to be able to attach it to the forums... but only images are allowed to be attached, so i uploaded it to my personal webhost... teamlosi.andrevas.net if you go there, click on pics, then rides its got all my 919's pics in it.

I SWEAR its not a virus haha.

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Thanks guys for all the help. I got some great leads from you and will try them that I haven't already.


What I have is a computer that I use for design work. That I poke around here and few other places except news and gun sales is a artifact of my paranoia with virus.


Right now, my base design software is gunnybags and my maintenance contract expired 2 years ago.


It's really fucked in the asshole with razor blades that the producers of software keep you on the hook after you've thrown literally thousands and thousands of bucks out there to get the mother fucking shit in the first place.


So..............I'm here, facing a shortage of technical experience in PC repair and maintenance as well as dealing with software anomalies without so much as a decent guide without a maintenance contract.








I've been off work still from the arm operation, so I've been spending allot of time as of late trying to deal with this scrotal meat grinder.
I would take out some big guns today and expunge some angst, but damn if things aren't "nuke hardened" yet.

的 said I never had much use for one.
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Power supply checks. Drives work good on other computer, with old ribbon cable. Looks like mother board has an intermittent component or contact.



I'm looking into swapping computers in order to get a system that I know I can work with, but I will need to write zeros to the hard drive on the newer one and re-install all pertinent software as it is jammed in the anal pore with some insidious slowing shlock.


As for the proprietary cad software, I have an email in with
the vendor. Tomorrow should bring some heart-wrenching figures.

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question... did you try that file i posted up... seen it solve a lot of pain and anguish!

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Don't be bashing old computers. I just ordered a new one on Thursday and the old beast is 9 years old. It's had a couple upgrades along the way, but it has served me well. Maybe it's the plumbers wife syndrome. I've been in IT for almost 9 years now and have made it up to being the manager for the IT Department and am/was using a 9 year old computer at the house.

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question... did you try that file i posted up... seen it solve a lot of pain and anguish!


The link was gone.

I am coming to you now from my redone living room computer I am pressing into service.

I wrote zeros to the hard drive and reloaded all op system and drivers. A big pain in the ass. This thing was so stuffed up in the colon it couldn't do jack shit with it's 512 memory and all the stuff my wife loaded on it.


I put my earliest base release design program to work here and straightened out all the environmentals, replaced the 512 Ram with 2 gig and it looks like I can still function at the junction. The next thing to do is load my latest base release and get that thing fired up.

I got a pro advising me on a new design computer. Just don't have the bucks and won't until I pull my head out of my ass and sell my beloved Black Beauty.

BTW guys. Tera byte hard drives are going up in price. Get them while they are cheaper if you need a backup. Thailand was hit hard by storms and their production got muy fucked in the butt.

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sry man, deleted all the junk on my webhost... probably broke some links here n there, if you want i can rehost that fix, but it looks like you went another route.

And ya, hdd prices are going up big time.... couple months back a 2tb hdd could be easily had for 70-80 bucks.... now tack on another 100.

Though right now ddr3 ram is STUPID cheap... just grabbed 2x4gb of ddr3 1600mhz stuff for 30 bucks.

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Yup, dat ram b cheep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'm thinking of throwing the bucks I don't have at a spare internal drive in the 500 gig range right now in preparation. Never, ever trust your stuff to one drive.
I got an external 120 and an external 300. The 300 saved me booty just a couple weeks ago.

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Yup, dat ram b cheep!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I'm thinking of throwing the bucks I don't have at a spare internal drive in the 500 gig range right now in preparation. Never, ever trust your stuff to one drive.
I got an external 120 and an external 300. The 300 saved me booty just a couple weeks ago.
haha ya... i got

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Then that storage gets backed up to my 1tb hdd in my server... which i do a weekly backup to another 1tb hdd that spends its life mostly off... and i do another backup to a 500gb hdd of the previous weeks 1tb drive that also spends most of its life off.

Needless to say im a lil paranoid haha.

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If you don't mind having a lower RPM drive, you can still score an external USB 2TB for around $90-100 online. Just gotta take the sucker apart to get to the drive, which will be SATA. Did it for a buddy of mine last week.

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Wow! I saw another vid and his old lady has some big titties!!!!!

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It depends on which one of the internets you're using...some are broken.

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It depends on which one of the internets you're using...some are broken.
The size of her tits????

Do they get even bigger?

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FUCK IT! Bought new PC because mine is old, smelly and getting that funk all over my design efforts.




Dell 460, I7-2600 processor/min RAM cause it's cheaper to upgrade, dual 23" monitors.


Gonna use my Boston Acoustics speakers from the old system.


WTF: I gotta spend money to make money, honey.

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FUCK IT! Bought new PC because mine is old, smelly and getting that funk all over my design efforts.




Dell 460, I7-2600 processor/min RAM cause it's cheaper to upgrade, dual 23" monitors.


Gonna use my Boston Acoustics speakers from the old system.


WTF: I gotta spend money to make money, honey.

Very nice, you'll like that i5 chip.

Hope you didn't spend too much on it. I just built an i5 2500k with 16gb of Ram, 60GB SDD for Boot drive and 1TB spare for < $500. Two 23" monitors would run another $300 or so.

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Nice setup BigDaa. Just for comparison to GoogleIts setup, the 2600 I7 is about $60-$80 more than the 2500K I5 just for the processor. Solid State Drives are the way to go for an OS drive for sure. Even a 16GB or 32GB drive will do for Windows 7, depending on how much software you're installing.

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I'd have loved to get the solid state drive. They are steep right now. As a matter of fact, all drives are getting steep. I went with low RAM because factory RAM is for shit in price. Accessory RAM is less than 1/4.

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Very nice, you'll like that i5 chip.

Hope you didn't spend too much on it. I just built an i5 2500k with 16gb of Ram, 60GB SDD for Boot drive and 1TB spare for < $500. Two 23" monitors would run another $300 or so.

I got the i7, not the i5.

I don't believe your build price, though googy. I call your bluff. What the heck do you care what I spent? I think you are puking some bull, but WTF. Somebody might believe ya.


You know....if you built it for anything near what you said, good for you.
I can't afford the headache of putting a system together.......................................... .................for the first time. I got to have my design software running, NOW.

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Well... looks like I'm not the only one calling BS on ya Google! LoL, but yes, your pricing is a tad low. I've got just under $600 for 60G SSD, 2500k CPU w/fan, 16GB, and a 1TB SATA. That's not including case, motherboard, OS, video card, DVD-RW, etc.

Here it is again:

*note: that $600 is wholesale price, not what you pay down at the shop

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I'd have loved to have gotten the SSD, andrew, but it was not in the cards at this time. How sweet it would be, but it is not necessary for the CAD programs I run and I am not a gamer........more of a lamer.

We do agree that the bullshit level is high........smelly, too!

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I got the i7, not the i5.

I don't believe your build price, though googy. I call your bluff. What the heck do you care what I spent? I think you are puking some bull, but WTF. Somebody might believe ya.


You know....if you built it for anything near what you said, good for you.
I can't afford the headache of putting a system together.......................................... .................for the first time. I got to have my design software running, NOW.
if you dont believe him..... dont bother asking me how much i paid for 2 complete systems.... DIRT CHEAP! i did better than google did lol.

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That leaves me wondering where you guys are buying parts from (overstock, closeout places?) and what grade/brand of components you guys are using.

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if you dont believe him..... dont bother asking me how much i paid for 2 complete systems.... DIRT CHEAP! i did better than google did lol.
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That leaves me wondering where you guys are buying parts from (overstock, closeout places?) and what grade/brand of components you guys are using.
doesnt mean they wernt bottom low end comps..... an i7 2600k is a high end enthusiast platform.

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if you dont believe him..... dont bother asking me how much i paid for 2 complete systems.... DIRT CHEAP! i did better than google did lol.
Yeah, and who helped you spec them out eh?

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Well... looks like I'm not the only one calling BS on ya Google! LoL, but yes, your pricing is a tad low. I've got just under $600 for 60G SSD, 2500k CPU w/fan, 16GB, and a 1TB SATA. That's not including case, motherboard, OS, video card, DVD-RW, etc.

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*note: that $600 is wholesale price, not what you pay down at the shop
Nope not low. I've built probably 1500 systems. Just gotta know where to look and when to buy.

I worked in IT for 8 years. I know a thing or two ;-)

BigDaa, you wouldn't have had to build it. I build and ship all the time. At the very least, I could have used my LLC's buying prowess to knock a few bones off the price with volume discounts. (I get regular coupons from Dell).

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Hey, you can't go throwing this around, lol, you never even owned up for our bet...

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That leaves me wondering where you guys are buying parts from (overstock, closeout places?) and what grade/brand of components you guys are using.
as for grade: AWESOME.

as for brand: AWESOME

type of deal? black friday online order from newegg.

i mananged (with googles help) to obtain towers, motherboards, ram, i5 2500k, 500 gig hdd and dvd burners to build 2 complete brand new gaming systems for less than $1200 shipped to my door.

in other words, each system cost a total of less than $580 each.

now if i could just muster one last push to get this damned final paper done and turned in, then i'll be free of the term and can proceed to build said system.

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