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Windows 7: Problem with old Intel 486 PC

01 May 2010   #1
Whoo

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 
Problem with old Intel 486 PC

I picked up a Tandy Sensation! computer today at a yard sale. It went for around $8,000(?) in 1992. Got it for free. Anyway, it comes with Windows 3.1 and MS-DOS 6.0. Everything works perfectly- except the CD-ROM drive. It's detected by the PC and all that, but the disk tray doesn't open. I've tried the manual way(Push tray in slightly), and the automated way(Eject button in Media Player). The automated way spurts out "The MCI Device you are using does not support this command.". Here's a picture of the PC:



Any ideas?
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01 May 2010   #2
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

I'm not so sure that the chillout room is a proper place for support questions. Don't be surprised if the staff moves it somewhere else.
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01 May 2010   #3
Whoo

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

The other sections are for Windows 7. This computer is 18 years old.
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01 May 2010   #4
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

open case check data & power cables

CPU speed ? How much ram ?
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01 May 2010   #5
Whoo

Windows 7 32-bit
 
 

Power cables are fine. I got a response on another forum. The person says these old drives malfunctioned a lot, so it needs to be replaced. I have a spare IDE Drive, so I can use that. Only problem is that the mounting screws are on the bottom of a tray. I've badly illustrated this in Paint:

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01 May 2010   #6
DocBrown

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

There is usually a way to remove & lift out the bracket to get to the mounting screws

I just looked at a new SATA DVD drive, it has 4 holes on the bottom sides for mounting like you show
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01 May 2010   #7
Lordbob75

Windows 7 Ultimate x64, Mint 9
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadMaxData View Post
I'm not so sure that the chillout room is a proper place for support questions. Don't be surprised if the staff moves it somewhere else.
This is the proper place. This is where it would be moved if it was posted elsewhere.

I agree with Doc, and worst thing is you could put in a new CD drive.

~Lordbob
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02 May 2010   #8
Dragor1

Windows 7 Ultimate (64 bit) dual boot with Fedora KDE
 
 

Hi Whoo!

The manual way that you mentioned, does it sound like this: Take a pin and insert it in the little hole below the tray and push till the tray is ejected.

Cause that trick is still followed to this day, so it might help. Provided of course such a pinhole does exist on the drive! :P
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02 May 2010   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Is an external CD ROM an option? Here is some more info: http://support.radioshack.com/support_computer/1290.htm
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02 May 2010   #10
theog

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

ME/XP/Vista/Win7
 
 

Do have a old CD drive with the DOS drivers?
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