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Since I changed my HDD today, the BIOS does not detect the DVD drive anymore, what should I do?

EDIT: 2/11/11, 15:46, New York, Problem is still not fixed, If you pop in a bootable DVD/CD like a Cisco router setup CD that I had laying around, the BIOS will find it as the DVD drive is reading the disk. Without the CD/DVD, the BIOS just says the HDD is detected nothing more.

Laptop: Gateway MX6454 with 160GB PATA hard drive (originally 120)

OS: Windows Vista Business (main OS), Windows XP Professional and Windows 7 Ultimate.

RAM: 2GB (already at maximum 2GB).

Windows experience score: 2.7

Edit: 3/10/12, 18:06, Laptop died back in 1 January. Keeping the question open since someone tried one of the solutions and called success.

asked Aug 25 '11 at 20:46

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Update your BIOS.........

answered Aug 25 '11 at 20:46

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I don't have floppies...

(Aug 25 '11 at 20:51) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

what i've done in the past in similar but not exact scenarios is try using a different set of cables for the DVD drive.

answered Aug 25 '11 at 21:12

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It's a laptop so it's supposed to be intraconnected with the motherboard right?

(Aug 25 '11 at 21:17) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

oh i just assumed that you were using a desktop for some odd reason. generally it is intraconnected with the motherboard, yes. you could try flashing the bios, which might be necessary.

(Aug 25 '11 at 21:26) firebirdtransam firebirdtransam's gravatar image

How do you flash without Floppies?

(Aug 25 '11 at 22:36) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

i'm not entirely sure how your computer does it, but when my HP that i bought not too long ago did it, the computer downloaded the update itself & updated the bios itself. i believe such tools exist for every laptop manufacturer if you look in the drivers area for your specific model.

(Aug 26 '11 at 02:36) firebirdtransam firebirdtransam's gravatar image

Oh yea WinPhlash, I did that and it still didn't detect it.

(Aug 26 '11 at 02:47) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

hmm, what kind of laptop are you dealing with?

(Aug 26 '11 at 03:03) firebirdtransam firebirdtransam's gravatar image

Gateway MX6454 with a new HDD, I think I have to set the jumpers again to Cable Select right? I think I left it on the default settings

(Aug 26 '11 at 03:10) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image
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you changed the hard drive and not the CD/DVD doesnt work. sounds like you bumped loose a connection to it, or may have disconnected something you though was related to the hard drive. vague on your part is this a desktop or laptop (if laptop you may have ruined it)..

try another cable, try another DVD if its not working don't belive that updating BIOS will fix it. that's wrong even old 80486 computers (18 yrs old) will recognize a CDROM attached to the controller and power

answered Aug 26 '11 at 03:23

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When I installed Windows, it was fine, It read it and it was all good, even If I put a CD in the beginning, when it's starting up the computer will recognize it.

(Aug 26 '11 at 03:47) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

What you might need to do is to go to the manufacturer of the laptop that you are using. Go to their support page and look for Download and drivers support. There is where you can find the files to update your BIOS directly. You might have to find the model number or serial number in order to do it. Since several models might share the same bios and others will have a specific bios for that particular model that you have. I've done it on several laptops and desktops. And they have an option where you can do it via a floppy disk Or where you can execute it directly from your hard drive.

answered Aug 26 '11 at 12:48

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@Compucore, I already flashed the device with WinPhlash, still doesn't work.

(Aug 26 '11 at 13:10) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

Remove the CMOS battery and boot up laptop without for a moment, switch off, and reinstall battery before booting once and finally go into the BIOS load defaults. Now see if that works for you?

If after that it still doesn't work you may have broken a solder connection and if that is the fact then your BIOS will not see the DVD drive.

Here's an option of a solution that worked for me today after a length read up on it!

Well, I had the exact same problem with my Compaq Presario F700 series motherboard not detecting the DVD drive. I therefore I thought I had nothing to lose and searched the Net to find out how to correctly disassemble my laptop. The next step is remove the fan+heatsink assembly to correct top remove as much as possible, but it doesn't matter if the thin clear/black plastic covering the motherboard parts remain on the board as they melt as much higher temperatures!

Solution: Preheat oven to 185 degrees or Gas mark 4.5, on a baking tray roll up several balls of tin foil for the motherboard to sit on and so as to avoid the motherboard directly sitting on the baking tray.

Next: Place it in the oven near the top and leave it there for 7 1/2 minutes, and during the end of it you will smell a slight smell of familiar solder. Don't worry this allow to soften the solder where it has broken the connection to reconnect.

Carefully remove the laptop from the oven and place it on a tea towel and gently press with a towel on all the effected chip area (me: I pressed down all the chips on both sides of the board) for both sides, but REMEMBER it's still so be careful at first when handling it. Now allow it cool down for 5 minutes or so.

Finally, Reassemble the laptop and wolla you should find that what once missing DVD drive has re-appeared in BIOS for Windows to detect!

I also believe helps with the GPU problems as some people have used this too for success!

My DVD works perfectly once again!

answered Oct 31 '11 at 18:24

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Putting my laptop into an oven? Noooooooo..

(Nov 02 '11 at 19:32) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

The first thing that I would do is check the cabling from the motherboard to the DVD itself. Make sure that the power supply plug is snuggly plugged in. As well to see if the jumper settings on the dvd player was set to primary, Secondary or CS for Cable select. Cause if it set to primary it will not be able to be seen from the motherboard first. for it since it could be any one of those three causing it not being able to be detected from the motherboard. Or from the operating system to see it either.

answered Oct 31 '11 at 23:01

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That would mean opening the laptop case, no?

(Nov 02 '11 at 19:29) DJ Scooby Doo DJ%20Scooby%20Doo's gravatar image

I found that Stephen Lynn's solution worked for me. I just installed a new Motherboard in a Dell Dimension E310 and it did not recognize the DVD drives (x2) so I flashed the BIOS, installed drivers, nothing worked. I took out the CMOS battery for 5 minutes, reset the pins for the BIOS memory and pulled out and put back in the cable leading to the optical drives on the board. The BIOS immediately recognized the DVD drives! I hope this helps!

answered Oct 03 '12 at 12:13

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I found that Stephen Lynn's solution worked for me. I just installed a new Motherboard in a Dell Dimension E310 and it did not recognize both of the DVD drives (x2) so I flashed the BIOS, installed drivers, nothing worked. I took out the CMOS battery for 5 minutes, reset the pins for the BIOS memory and pulled out and put back in the cable leading to the optical drives on the board (to make sure they were connected properly / pins making contact). The BIOS immediately recognized the DVD drives! I'm floored this actually worked! I hope this helps!

answered Oct 03 '12 at 12:15

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