Skip to comments.I need some help with CD drives (Vanity)
Posted on 02/12/2005 1:50:43 PM PST by Howlin
I put a music CD that came with a book into my computer last night, played, and now my computer won't recognize either my CD or my CD writer.
I've tried everything; Norton, Restore, rebooting.
Does anybody have any suggestions about what I might try now?
Pardon the ping, but I am getting desperate here!
I need to burn some CDs tonight and the computer can't "see" them!
DOes your computer still recognize the CDROM drive?
Try clicking, My computer--do you see your CD Drive listed?
If not, then run Hardware manager and reinstall it.
If you see your CD listed, then right click on My computer and select PROPERTIES, HARDWARE, Device Manager and scroll down to your drive, right click on it and check on the tabs, maybe you just need to reinstall the driver.
It is in the control panel.
If not, remove it by deleting it in the system directory and allow the computer to find it again and reinstall on reboot. It may be having a resource conflict and it should sort it out by it's self. Recent additions to the system often cause this to occur and goofy drivers from Microsoft update can also cause this.
Happens all the time to me.
I'll ask Mr. Okie when he finishes napping. He's the computer geek here at the house.
If you need to replace that CD burner, here is a new one that was just announced -
(Sorry, I couldn't resist. Good luck with your PC.)
It doesn't recognize it in My Computer; I'm running Windows XP; do I go to the Device Manager now?
Would help if you gave some specifics as to machine hardware, processor, maker, etc, and then major software specifics, and CD package that you are using to do the writing.
since you were such a HUGE help to me, Patton, please assist howlin with her cd problem....
Oh, hey this is where we chant the mantra:
"Throw away your PC and buy a MAC"
"Dump windows and go with linux"
"Bill Gates is the anti-Christ".
yada yada yada
You got FR mail on a fix.
Were you using Media Player? My computer had a similar problem a few days ago, which was fixed when I downloaded a critical update that was for Media Player. If not, reinstall your cd burner, or the drivers for it. I am actually quite hopeless about this, but FReepers NCDave4Life and Prospero have walked me through so many crises that I sorta know what i'm doing. Also, unplugging the computer comletely and cold booting might be a good idea. Seems to work for me.
don't you wish one of them could just come to your house to fix it? i feel so hopeless with techno stuff, hope someone can help you.
You boys know how to fix computers, come help Howlin.
Not sure if you've tried this, but have you ejected the drive while the computer was booting? I had a similar problem where I tried to format a CD to be drag-and-drop compatible, but then didn't want to eject. I fixed it by opening the drive while WinXP was loading.
it should already be flagged by a yellw exclamation mark. You may need your XP disk to reload drivers, or your CDR disk.
let me know what it does on reboot.
Windows XP Professional; Dell 8520;
When I ran ADD HARDWARE the CD drives have YELLOW exclamantion points next to them and say
Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)
And you may need the original XP Windows CD and the Product Key....if it has to go that far,....
I never know from one minute to the next whether or not I'm gonna get kicked off the 'Net.
Computers: they're the greatest thing in the world when they're working properly, but when they give you problems, it's worse than raising teenagers ;-)
I'm not ignorning you.......I'm trying to find what you've told me and following instructions.
That sounds like some progress....hmmm....hardware trouble perhaps.
This is not a laptop?
If not , you might open it up and check the cables....what else is on the same IDE cable and is that device working? If so then check the cable attaching directly to the CD Writer itself.... However if neither device on the IDE cable is working then check the cable where it is plugged into the motherboard....
There are several things that could have occured. Re-boot will tell the tale. A cold restart is best.
I've deleted them from Device Manager and now I'm going to reboot. First I need to find the CD for them!
(And thank you ALL. I knew I could count on some help here.)
Unplug power cord to your computer....
Then open your computer and carefully unplug both connectors to your CD player. To be really sure unplug where it connects to the motherboard too. Plugin-unplug a few times to rub off any oxidation and to reseat the connectors. Push them in all the way.
You prolly don't want to do the above. Save it for last resort
You may or may not need the disk.It will ask for it.
Should have ask how old the computer is, and when the interior (cabling) was last touched.
Take out the damn book, its clogging up the gears........
My computer is in a room that has the window open 90% of the year. I have to reseat video cards, memory chips, hard drive connectors every once in a while. I'm fairly sure it's due to humidity and oxidation hurting contacts
A frequent problem.her drives are likely daisy chained and the connector at the mother boardmay have lost it's connection.
We shall see.
My tags are malfunctioning......lol
You running SCSI?
Not sure what the heck it is. I have changed and upgraded a half dozen times. I have used multiple mothers and I can't recall what is running now.
Howlin, come back, lets do the hardware stuff.....
In my place a could spend days looking for my CD's....
I have the same problem.
A driver was loaded but Windows cannot find the device. This happens when Windows does not detect a non-Plug and Play device.
If the device was removed, uninstall the driver, install the device, and then click Scan for hardware changes to reinstall the driver. If the hardware was not removed, obtain a new or updated driver for the device.
If the device is a non-Plug and Play device, a newer version of the driver might be needed. To install non-Plug and Play devices, use the Add Hardware wizard. Click Performance and Maintenance on Control Panel, click System, and on the Hardware tab, click Add Hardware Wizard.
On the General Properties tab of the device, click Troubleshoot to start the troubleshooting wizard.
Probably not SCSI , as that is a very deliberate act, I have a
a PCI SCSI card ( only 160 Mbyte / s transfer rate ) but 3 SCSI Maxtor Atlas 10 K disks for 72 Gigabytes of capacity.
Motherboard is Gigabyte with an AMD64 3000+ processor. kind of overkill for a Browsing system, but very responsive.... I love it.
you obviously do NOT live in Ohio..
Good luck Howlin.. sounds like you have some expert help all over the place.
I have had mucho problems myself the past couple months...
I have my windows open too, but I live near the beach.
Using a lap at the moment.
Wifey is playing games on my turkey.
Question, does your AMD run SP-2. Mine will not.
I have a second machine with a DFI motherboard and an AMD64 3000+ running XP Pro that I have updated to SP2, use it for TV viewing , has an ATI AIW 9600 video card, and regular 7200 rpm disk not as responsive as a browsing machine. have it off the internet because of all the Malware....
The 64 bit architecture balks and crashes on SP-2 security algorithms.
Okay; I went to Device Driver and uninstalled the cd rom and the cd writer.
I shut it off.
When I turned it back on, it FOUND both of them; I got the "bubble"
But then nothing happened.
Isn't it suppose to ask me to install it?
dennis and Ernest, I've never opened it at all. It's that clam thing! I've never added anything to it, period. (But I will if I have to!)
Ernest it's an 8250
Try it??? and if itisnot working,take another gander at the system directory and see if it is flagged and why.
Well, now they have yellow exclamation points by them again in the Device manager.
When I put a CD into the drives, the green lights flashes for a few times and then just stops.
And now I am getting this message:
Windows cannot start this hardware device because its configuration information (in the registry) is incomplete or damaged. (Code 19)
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