BIOS does not recognise the DVD/CD drive

Discussion in 'Computer Information' started by Alan, Oct 31, 2005.

  1. Alan

    Alan Guest

    Appoloies for the length of this post.

    Having researched all day, I've been unable to find an answer that works,
    so I'd like to ask why would my BIOS suddenly stopped recognising my
    DVD/CD drive.

    My new system build, uses new components except for the 40 gig hard drive
    which was previously installed and working with an operating system in
    another PC. In my new system, I've used a 350 watt power supply in an Asus
    tower, an Asus K8V-MX motherboard a Sempron 2600 processor with 512 meg of
    DDR RAM. Setting the BIOS boot sequence so that the DVD/CD drive was
    first, I've partitioned and formatted using an XP pro disc, which went to
    within 20 minutes of completing the operating system installation. At
    this point it stopped and displayed a blue screen specifying that several
    files were missing and windows had shut down to protect my system.
    Several attempts at reinstalling, brought up a similar message.

    Suspecting a possible conflict, I tried installing Windows 98 and used a
    Windows 98 startup floppy disc to FDISK and format the hard drive. After
    the partition and format, Windows 98 installed and worked normally on the
    40 gig old drive. I then tried upgrading from Windows 98 to XP using the
    XP disc and once again it stopped at around 30 minutes from completion,
    having found more missing files. I then attempted to install this XP disc
    on another machine and it installed normally.

    Since my failed attempt at upgrading from 98 to XP, I have re-tried
    several times using the XP disc and also trying with the 98 CD, using
    FDISK and format. When using the 98 disc, I can see that DOS drivers are
    being loaded successfully for the CD drive in the DOS sequence and I
    manage to successfully partition and format the hard drive. I can also
    select the DVD/CD drive as my first boot in the BIOS, but when I reboot
    with an operating system disc in the drive, I get a message saying that
    the wrong boot disc is installed and to reinstall the boot disc and press
    enter. No matter what I select in the BIOS as first boot device it
    reverts to the floppy.

    I've updated the BIOS with the latest file using EZ flash from Asus and
    now, when I re-boot, with the DVD/CD set as first boot device, I get a C:
    prompt but cannot access the D drive from it and when I try, I get an
    "invalid drive" message and again told to reinstall the boot disc and
    press enter. The floppy can be accessed from the C: prompt but this only
    allows me to access the FDisk/format cycle again. I'm now at a loss as to
    how to access the DVD/CD drive to install the operating system, can you
    help please.
    Alan, Oct 31, 2005
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    Mark Mandell Guest

    You might have more luck doing a clean install of the XP as opposed to an
    upgrade from the 98.
    Mark Mandell, Oct 31, 2005
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    Plato Guest

    Bad cable, bad drive, bad power connector, bad bios due to a bad bios
    flash, bad cdrom drive firmware due to a bad firmware flash, incorrectly
    set jumpers, or it just cant get along with the other drive on the
    cable, if any.
    Plato, Oct 31, 2005
  4. Alan

    Mark Mandell Guest

    This brings up a good point. The DVD/CD drive and HD should be on separate
    IDE cables to be on the safe side.
    Then the BIOS might recognize the DVD/CD drive.
    Mark Mandell, Nov 1, 2005
  5. Alan

    Alan Guest

    AS a follow-up, I've tried several of your suggestion and also clearing
    the BIOS by repositioning the jumper and reset the BIOS afterwards, then
    with the windows 98 startup disk in, managed to get DOS to load the
    Windows 98 CD from the DVD drive, the 98 operating system installed
    perfectly. I then tried a clean install of XP using the XP disc and after
    the partition and format process, it began to go through the
    checking/install process, but shortly stopped when the blue screen warned
    that windows had found a problem and had shut down.

    Since then I've re-flashed the BIOS again, by the book.
    Repartitioned and formatted the HD using a 98 floppy.
    Confirmed the hard drive and DVD drive were on separate IDE cables.
    Confirmed the hard drive were set as primary master and the DVD drive as
    secondary master.
    Replaced the hard drive and its cable with a new known working drive and
    Replaced the DVD drive with a new CD ROM drive and cable.
    Confirmed that the new CD drive and hard drive are recognised in the BIOS
    and could be set and saved in their correct boot order.

    In spite of this, when I try installing either XP or the Windows 98 CD, I
    get the following message as before. "Invalid system disk, replace the
    disk and then press any key" the only disc that will work from this point
    is the 98 startup floppy disc. It seems that the BIOS will allow me to
    alter the boot sequence, but physically does not do it in practice.

    I'm now clutching at straws, and wondering if someone could help by
    confirming what the latest BIOS update is for my (ASUS K8V-MX motherboard
    with a Sempron 2600 chip) there are several to choose from on the Asus
    website and being new to BIOS updating, I'd
    appreciate confirmation that I'm using the latest one. Can I also ask
    does it do any harm to try several different BIOS updates to see the
    results? Once again apologies for my scriblings.
    Alan, Nov 1, 2005
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    Mark Mandell Guest

    I think you should contact the ASUS people about this since you've so far
    done everything by the book. It's possible for instance you have a
    defective CMOS chip or some other sort of mobo problem.
    Mark Mandell, Nov 1, 2005
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    Brian Guest

    Have you tried swapping the cd/dvd and hdd on the motherboard connectors to
    see if the dvd/cd drive will work on the primary connector? (just to rule
    out the connector) You could also try the DVD drive in a different computer,
    again just to rule out the drive as the culprit (as well as other problems
    since the replacement CD drive had the same effect)
    It seems from your post that the HDD is working flawlessly so that is the
    reason for the swapping of primary and secondary recommendation

    AS far as flashing the BIOS check your version (on the initial cold boot
    screen) and match that with what is listed at the Asus website to determine
    which flash is the correct one. Upgrading with an incorrect BIOS is not a
    good idea.(usually does not upgrade and will fail the flash). If you are
    "lucky" enough to get one that is incorrect and does flash you can get into
    some serious problems with the motherboard. If you saved the old BIOS it
    might be best to reflash back to the original version and make sure you are
    upgrading with the correct version. If you didn't save the old version then
    you may be looking at getting a new CMOS chip aka replace the motherboard,
    It's faster and cheaper then going through the trouble of replacing the
    Brian, Nov 2, 2005
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    Alan Guest

    Thanks Brian and all, this is as far as I've got to-date. The BIOS was
    succesfully updated and I have been able to install Windows 98 using the
    98 floppy by typing ( D:setup) from the A: prompt. Windows 98 works fine
    on this installation and the DVD drive reads CD from it.

    With the Windows 98 operating system installed, I have changed the 1st
    boot sequence to DVD and on a reboot, XP will pick up the DVD and start
    the installation before crashing part way through it. On the other hand.

    If I remove the Windows 98 operating system by Fdisk and formating the
    hard drive and then try to install XP having set the 1st boot order to
    DVD, it does not start the XP installation disc and instead gives a
    message that the wrong disk is installed and to remove the disk and press

    I'm assuming that as I've been able to install Windows 98 the system is in
    a reasonably workable condition. What I don't understand, is why BIOS will
    recognise the DVD drive and allow it to be set and saved, but will not
    pick it up when I reboot with a formatted hard drive. It does if Windows
    98 is installed?
    Alan, Nov 3, 2005
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    Alan Guest

    Thought you might like to know, that finally I've found the reason for my
    troubles. It turns out that the memory stick was suspect in my system,
    not faulty just didn't like it there. I realised this when I returning
    the system to the retailer, who replaced the memory stick when an XP
    installation kept crashing. It was a pleasure when XP went straight in.
    It also seems it has fixed the DVD drive issue too. This was a relief,
    but tinged slightly with a little frustration, as I had previously tried
    three new memory sticks myself and none of them made a difference. The
    tech guy said it happens sometimes, memory can be a little fussy.
    Alan, Nov 4, 2005
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