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CD-ROM not being seen by Windows

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I'm working with an older Dell system running on Windows ME. Windows refuses to recognize that there is a CD-ROM drive connected to the PC. There is nothing in the Device Manager. The drive itself is definitely getting power (lights flash, opens/closes, ETC), and I reseated the connection it had to the motherboard last night.

I'm drawing a blank on what the problem could be. I'm sure its something simple I've overlooked.

Thank you for your time and help in resolving this.
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To work around this behavior, follow these steps:
1. Click Start, point to Settings, click Control Panel, and then double-click System.
2. Click the Device Manager tab.
3. Click the Hard Disk Controllers branch to expand it, click your IDE controller, and then click Properties.
4. Click the Settings tab.
5. In the Dual IDE Channel Settings box, click Both IDE Channels Enabled, and then click OK.
6. Click OK, and then restart your computer.
7. Test to determine if the issue is resolved by trying to use your CD-ROM drive. If the issue is not resolved in Windows 98, perform the troubleshooting steps in the following article by clicking the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
190303 ( How to Use Real-Mode CD-ROM Drivers from Windows 98 Startup Disk
Found here
Should be the same foe "ME" because they are pretty much the exact same.
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