Ok, first, i must ask that all who fear/hate really old compies look away and never turn back. I’ve got an old P2-powered Dell Optiplex, from sometime in the mid '90s. It’s got Windows 2000 on it, and recently I installed SP4 on it. I must mention first, that before this “update”, the power module completely failed, and i needed to get a new one.
Now, after updating Windows, i noticed that my CD-RW drive vanished. I have no idea what happened. I only noticed it after the update, and i don’t recall checking it after replacing the power module, so it could be either hardware or software error. Additionally, i have a 60GB external drive (USB, thank god), and while that shows up in the little plug-in drives icon, it doesn’t pop up in My Computer. I’m thinking that the problems may be related.
My hard drive and my floppy drive show up, so i have absolutely no idea what the problem is. The CD drive is connected via IDE cable to the MB, as is the floppy drive, so it shouldn’t be a connection issue, or else the floppy would be down as well (just a guess here).
Anyway, this is all extremely frustrating, as though getting a new computer would be a better option, I have neither the funds, nor the optimal data transfer methods to efficiently move my data (only about a gig, but that’s a crap-load when you’re dealing with a 128mb jump drive). Well, sorry for taking up space, i hope someone here is magnificent enough to help me solve this problem.