PC hardware forum: My PC stopped recognizing both my DVD and CD drives, help!

by: Lee Koo (ADMIN) January 16, 2009 1:52 PM PST

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My PC stopped recognizing both my DVD and CD drives, help!

by Lee Koo (ADMIN) ModeratorCNET staff - 1/16/09 1:52 PM

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Last week my computer stopped recognizing both my DVD and CD drives, drives E and F on my computer. Does this mean that the slots on the mother board went bad or is it a software glitch? I used my recovery wizard and set my computer back to an earlier date when I knew all was working okay, but this did not help. What could possibly cause this? Any suggestions as to how I can check this out myself without taking my computer into a shop. I have a Sony (PCV-RS420), running a Pentium 4 (2.8 Ghz), running Windows XP.

--Submitted by Gary O.

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(WARNING: Some recommendations suggest the task of editing your Windows registry, MAKE SURE you back up your registry in case you do something wrong and need to revert. If you are unfamiliar with this task, keep your hands off and let someone who is experienced in this field perform it. You don't want to accidentally delete/edit a file that is critical to your system--which can/will wreak havoc in your computer. So be cautious and know what you are doing before proceeding! Edit and Delete files in the Windows registry at your own risk. Thank you.)

"Lost" optical drives --Submitted by Zouch
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=325598&messageID=2955466

Optical drives not recognized --Submitted fdispensiere
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=325598&messageID=2954620#2954620

This should fix the problem --Submitted by jazacoop
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=325598&messageID=2955524#2955524

PC not recognizing drives --Submitted by cavalier6
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=325598&messageID=2954803#2954803

Cables and drivers --Submitted by will_mansfield
http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7591_102-0.html?forumID=26&threadID=325598&messageID=2954867#2954867

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