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Re: dvd drive is not recognized , toshiba satellite a75
I think most likely the problem is with your Windows OS, since you already tried a known good drive and the problem is still there. But before you do a reinstall of the OS, I suggest that you try the troubleshooting steps from this Microsoft KB: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb%3Ben-us%3B314060 . Especially the one with deleting the upper filters and lower filters in the registry which works almost 100% of the time.
Check to see if you can still use the drive outside of Windows, by booting from the Windows XP or Vista disc. If you can't boot using the reinstall CD, then most likely the problem would be your hardware (motherboard controller perhaps?) If this is what's happening I suggest that you run your laptop's diagnostics software to verify the hardware functionality.
If all else fails, contact your computer manuacturer for additional hardware/software troubleshooting.
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Assuming that it was working and now has stopped, you can try to run the utility called CDGone. To find it, Google CDGone. If this doesn't work, then most likely the drive has gone bad and must be replaced.
This is one of the first errors you will see when your DVD/CD drive is going bad. The easiest way around is purchasing an external DVD drive that hooks up USB. You can purchase this drive: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118006 and replace your old DVD/CD drive, it is easy to install, there is just one screw holding it in and a simple bracket to move over to the new drive. You need to remove the one screw holding in the DVD before trying to pull out the old DVD drive.
I am Romeet,i will try and help you with this problem.Seems it could be an issue with the Combo DVD Drive's Driver Software or Firmware.
From your Desktop:
Right Click " My Computer" Icon and select "Properties"
Go to "Hardware" Tab and select "Device Manager"
Under Device Manager, scroll down to the "DVD/CDROM Drives" menu and click on the plus ( + ) Sign next to it
Right Click the Drive name eg " Toshiba DVD-R TSST 2313" and select " Uninstall" Click yes to any prompts and restart your Laptop.
After rebooting, Windows XP should pick up the drivers again, so wait a while for it to complete and until it notifies you that " Windows successfully completed installing your new hardware" or something to that effect and then try using the software cds again