enabling hardware in bios

  the old man 12:31 17 Jun 2007

Afternoon everyone.
I have lost my 2 optical drives. Lost as in they are not in my computer, device manager or in Belarc. They have power and are connected properly as the light on front works and the tray opens/closes. They just don't work or show up anywhere. I cannot even reinstall drivers for the motherboard to see if this may help repair the problem. I have disconnected the cables and rebooted and then reconnected them to see if this would enable vista to see them. No avail.
Mobo is MSI INTEL 975X Express chipset based motherrboard, power up edition. have a dual core 6600 and 2gig ddr memory. 2 sata hdd's of 80 and 250 gig.
I have tried all that I know so would appreciate some help. thanks.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 12:50 17 Jun 2007

Can you see them on the first screen as you start the PC?
If so then they are recognised in BIOS.

If not then reboot and enter BIOS on the first screen you need to Auto detect drives.

If it won't detect them then check the IDE channels are Enabled.

Save and exit once detected (F10)

  the old man 13:16 17 Jun 2007

have done all you have suggested and situation still the same.

  the old man 18:28 17 Jun 2007


  Technotiger 18:44 17 Jun 2007

Have you been inside the case at all - maybe ide cable connections are not seated properly. This would account for light & tray working via psu, but drives not showing up.

  Jake_027 18:50 17 Jun 2007

click here

see skidzys advice, but remember to do a system restore.


  ambra4 02:03 18 Jun 2007

try changing the cable and see if that works

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