my previous Dell Latitude D630 went out of order (nvidia graphics)
so I bought another d630 second hand without hard disk and introduced the "old" hard disk.
Everything works fine (installing drivers...) except the DVD/CD is not recognized at all:
- when in the BIOS, putting the boot sequence to: CD/DVD/CD-RW Drive
the Laptop says: No bootable devices...
(It also says that, when I unplug the DVD/CD)
The DVD/CD itself does a short spinning movement when booting, so it seems to have "electricty".
I've upgraded the BIOS to A18 already;
When booting Windows, the drive is missing altogether (the hardware manager does not show it as an unregonized driver; instead the drive is missing altogether)
I understand the DVD, though introduced to the Laptop, is connected via USB - do I need some USB driver update or how can I fix this?
Is there a manual that would tell me how to check cabling or similar things?
when I introduce the DVD from the old hardware - which was/is working, it is also not found in the "new" laptop,
so I suppose the DVD hardware "connection" is missing??
help greatly appreciated (I need to boot from DVD, and install software - on occasions)
I lifted the keyboard, and could see the DVD slide in without problems; there does not seem to be some sort of cabling, so once the DVD is slit in, then I cannot see why it would not be found;
there does not seem to be some sort of diagnostics for the dvd( the Bios F5 Utility check completed without finding an error), hence I wonder how once booting the DVD is as if was non-existing.
also, with a bootable DVD-medium in the dvd-device (which works on some of my other DELL Laptops), during booting I can here the typical "noises" (drive movements, I suppose), but still the BIOS ends up with "No bootable devices
uh oh, I connected an older USB external CD/DVD ram/rom device; if I then switch the BIOS to boot from USB, and introduce the same DVD-medium as mentioned earlier, then using F12 on the d630 laptop, I for the first time get a DVD/CD entry in the boot menu, and of course it boots alright.
This is a workaround when at home, but this external USB-CD/DVD needs external power supply, so unless I always carry around some diesel generator to fabricate electricity, that's not quite feasible with dell laptop usage.
all other problems solved (NIC working, grafics, etc...) the driver availability at Dell is very impressive IMHO;
yet, the missing-dvd/cd problem remains; during boot-up of the d630 laptop, the inserted DVD(medium) is heard to be spinning; but the weird thing is that pushing the button which usually ejects the DVD(medium), nothing happens.
my test is to boot with F12;
the laptop then shows a boot-menu containing its boot-devices;
with this d630, the CD/DVD is missing
(unless I use an additional external USB-CD/DVD device);
so, the internal CD/DVD, despite producing the usual spinning DVD-disc sounds,
remains missing in the boot-menu (and also in Windows)
then I flashed the BIOS from A18 to A17, A16, A15, A14, A13, A12;
A11 was not available for download;
A10 (said it is version A08 - I guess due to a ftp/file-name error at Dell)
A09, A08, A07, A06, A05, A04
I'm impressed how the BIOS settings are retained though being flashed.
Concerning the DVD/CD issue however, it's still unsolved.
Original poster, If you have solved your problem, can you please mark the correct thread(s) with your solution. Thanks
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oh, I'v unplugged the DVD/CD since it won't work anway, so that's some extra space for cooling;
I've ordered an DVD/CD device, that is external/usb which get's its power-supply via the USB(so no extra cabling/no power mains, needed) - and that's the solution for me, well or workaround