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In the optical drives or ATAPI drives section of Device Manager, try right clicking and choosing "scan for hardware changes." If the CD/DVD drive still doesn't show up, you might want to try opening the computer up and resetting the cables going to the drive (both the power and data cables).
If you can see the CD Drive icon in My computer, it shows that at least Windows recognises the drive. If you are unable to see the drive listed in explorer (not the cd name but the actual drive icon), then please post a reply.
Other than that, you are describing what I think may be a faulty drive. If you open the case, check to see if the drive cable is in good contact with the connector and motherboard.
Normally it would show up in "my Computer" as a drive, if it is not, then the computer is acting like it is not installed or not enabled. Go to the device manager and look for the dvd drive there and see what the properties say. Put the computer on its back and with a small phillips screwdriver, remove the screw that holds the drive to the motherboard. Now flip the laptop back on its feet and insert an open paperclip into the small hole in the door of the dvd drive bezel, this willphysically trip the door to open. Pull the door and tray out and keep pulling and the rest of the drive will follow. Power up your laptop with the drive missing and access "My Computer" and see if anything changes. Now,power down the laptop, remove the battery....wait 30 seconds and slide the drive in and make sure it seats all the way in, replace the hold down screw, replace the battery and power it up. Let windows recognize the drive and load drivers for it. If it does not read the drive, there may be an issue with either the interface on the drive or the socket on the motherboard.
Hey there i might be young im 14 years old but i have the same laptop (Compaq N610c) and i had the same problem i found out that if you take the ram out and rub the small golden plates with a rubber then place it back (the ram is found next to the mouse pad) i then powered the laptop up without the hard drive i then took the battery several times and powered up it then started working again within 5 mins of taking the battery in and then taking it out again it then starting to power up with the screen showing the logo at the begining after it had shown the logo i turned it off then inserted the hard drive back into the laptop and powered up it worked and is still working now Hope This Helps :D My Email Adress Is email@example.com
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