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Randall
01-07-08, 08:07
I had posted something about this before. I'm currently on a newer, and a bit better, computer. The thing is, I would like to still use my old computer, but the thing is that some of the things I want to use it for require discs.

Anyway, the point that I'm trying to get to is, if I were to format that computer's Hard drive, would that fix the disc drives, or no?

EscondeR
01-07-08, 08:13
Anyway, the point that I'm trying to get to is, if I were to format that computer's Hard drive, would that fix the disc drives, or no?

It all depends on the type of issue you get...

Generally, starting with clean install (backup your personal data first) will give us some advantage in eliminating your issue :)

Randall
01-07-08, 08:15
well...how would I go about doing that? We're not really using that computer anymore, so I wouldn't really need anything off of it.

EscondeR
01-07-08, 08:19
If you don't have any personal data to backup, then boot from Windows XP Installation CD, delete all partitions on the HDD when prompted, then create one or two (as you need) new and install Windows XP on the primary partition (format it as NTFS, you can format extended partition later, if you make it).

Randall
01-07-08, 08:21
If you don't have any personal data to backup, then boot from Windows XP Installation CD, delete all partitions on the HDD when prompted, then create one or two (as you need) new and install Windows XP on the primary partition (format it as NTFS, you can format extended partition later, if you make it).

I don't have a windows XP disc. would I still be able to do it? or no?

EscondeR
01-07-08, 09:07
Run Diagnose.exe (http://www.tombraiderhub.com/download/diagnose.exe) and ARDiag.exe (http://www.tombraiderhub.com/download/ardiag.exe) on your old PC and post both reports. Let's look what can be done without formatting :)

Randall
01-07-08, 09:09
Run Diagnose.exe (http://www.tombraiderhub.com/download/diagnose.exe) and ARDiag.exe (http://www.tombraiderhub.com/download/ardiag.exe) on your old PC and post both reports. Let's look what can be done without formatting :)

alright, I need to set it back up XD

I had run Diagnose.exe on it before, and you took a look at it and said that the report said the drives weren't even connected.

EscondeR
01-07-08, 09:43
You can do the following:

1. Go to Control panel > System > Hardware tab > Device manager and delete all CD/DVD-drives from the list.

2. Turn your PC off.

3. Disconnect the CD/DVD-drives.

4. Turn your PC on and boot Windows.

5. Run Reg Cleaner (http://www.tombraiderhub.com/download/RegCleaner.zip) and check the registry.

6. Turn your PC off and reconnect the drives.

7. Boot Windows again and check if it recognises drives properly.

But fresh reports are welcome still.

Randall
01-07-08, 10:27
I'll get the reports posted in a few minutes.