DVD/CD-ROM drive says it is working RRS feed

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  • I have never got to back up my computer, so I can't do it now. My microsoft word is not working properly when opening up documents from my school website. I cant unistall and reinstall because my drive is not working. Kinda of new at this any sugestions, I would appreciate it.
    Friday, March 25, 2011 6:56 PM


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  • Please try this fixit:

    Your CD or DVD drive can't read or write media



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    • Proposed as answer by Andre.Ziegler Saturday, March 26, 2011 1:37 PM
    • Marked as answer by Sabrina Shen Wednesday, March 30, 2011 6:00 AM
    Friday, March 25, 2011 9:04 PM
  • Hi,

    Stage 1 : Please do all the below even if you have done some before as it is often the total
    process which solves the issue.

    Try this - Control Panel - Device Manager - CD/DVD - double click the device - Driver's Tab -
    click Update Drivers (this will likely do nothing) - then RIGHT CLICK the drive - UNINSTALL -
    REBOOT this will refresh the default driver stack. Even if drive is not shown continue

    Then work your way through these - remember the drive could be bad, could have a loose
    cable or slight corrosion on the contacts (usually for a laptop) and other issues.

    Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs
    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060 - a Mr Fixit

    Manually try this fix if the 314060 Fixit did not work

    Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs -
    a Mr Fixit

    The CD drive or the DVD drive does not work as expected on a computer that you upgraded
    to Windows Vista

    When you insert a CD or a DVD, Windows Vista may not recognize the disc

    Your CD or DVD drive cannot read or write media - A Mr Fixit

    CD/DVD drive does not appear in Windows Vista, or you receive this error during Windows
    Vista setup after booting from the DVD (AHCI)

    CD-R drive or CD-RW drive is not recognized as a recordable device

    Hardware devices not detected or not working - A Mr Fixit

    Another possibility is that the cables are loose. Remove ALL power, then check cables in both
    ends. Remove and replace, do not just snug. For laptops you can often clean the power and
    data contacts with a pencil eraser.

    Some DVD drives do not use the Windows default drivers so check with the System maker and
    device maker to see if there is firmware or drivers for your drive if needed.


    Stage 2 : You could have drive issues as the CD/DVD is actually 4 drives in 1 case ( CD & DVD
    burn and CD and DVD read). So it is not unusual for 1 or 2 parts to not function while the others
    do so properly.

    Did you complete the troubleshooter for the drive that still does not work? There are some
    registry entries that the troubleshooter does not fix and those "might" be the cause.

    Check with your System Maker and Device maker for both possible firmware updates and
    the correct Registry entries for your drive.

    These are the keys I think are the ones in question - for the CD/DVD drive sub-keys of course
    as there will other sub-keys in these keys. Be sure to ask for specific keys involved as well as
    the settings.


    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Hardware Profiles\0001\System\CurrentControlSet\Enum\IDE



    You probably can find more info here and maybe even the exact registry settings for your CD/DVD
    drive from someone with the same model.

    Forums - a lot of real expert help

    CD/DVD units

    Use DevManView to locate CD/DVD in registry (be careful and make a Restore Point before
    changing anything) - find the device in DevManView and then Right Click on it Open in RegEdit.

    DevManView - Free - an alternative to the standard Device Manager of Windows, which displays all
    devices and their properties in flat table, instead of tree viewer

    Hope this helps.

    Rob Brown - Microsoft MVP <- profile - Windows Expert - Consumer : Bicycle - Mark Twain said it right.
    Saturday, March 26, 2011 1:06 AM
  • Microsoft gives you useless information. No this doesn't help. Shame on Microsoft.

    Monday, March 14, 2016 5:08 AM