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My Dell Hp desktop stopped recognizing my internal cd rom drive. Help!

When i insert any type of cd the cd rom makes noise like it is running the cd but my computer does not recognize it and it will not show up on my device manager window i have scanned for hardware changes several times. I am left out of ideas please right back. Type of computer Windows Vista Home Premium

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  • me_land Jan 03, 2009

    I have the same issue with a Dell micro-PC (i.e. desktop shape with laptop components) running win XP. The CD drive is ref: HL-DT-ST RW/DVD GCC-4241N

    It usually shows up in the system tray 'safely remove hardware' list. Sometimes when ejecting or loading a CD it goes 'ping' and disappears from there and My Computer.

    It still spins and makes all the usual noises. I have a desktop shortcut to it, if I right-click that with a DVD loaded, and chose 'play with powerDVD', it works fine, but normal clicking gives an unreferenced 'delete shortcut' error message. Restarting the computer usually loads it properly again, if the tray is closed without anything in.

    Does the same procedure (deleting upper/lower filters) apply in WinXP? I noticed these in the drive's Properties>Details in Device Manager when it was loaded correctly; can I change them from here, would that be safer?



  • marke1973 Apr 14, 2009

    I have a windows vista dell premium desktop as well and just recently my computer will not read any disks, it hums for a minute and then....nothing. It does not recognize a disk or anything. We have tried going to the computer section and selected the drive and double clicking, it just opens the tray and when we close it.....nothing. Please give advice to fix this problem. P.S. we have also tried going through the Media Player and it just doesnt recognize an inserted disk.

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To resolve this problem, remove the affected filter drivers. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Click Start Collapse this imageExpand this image My Dell Hp desktop stopped recognizing my internal - vistastartbutton.jpg, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then click regedit in the Programs list.

    Collapse this imageExpand this image securityshield.jpgIf you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
  2. Locate, and then click the following registry subkey: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}Caution There can be many instances of the registry subkey that is mentioned in step 2. You must make sure that you are in the appropriate registry subkey before modifying the UpperFilters and the LowerFilters values. To verify that you are in the appropriate registry subkey, make sure that the Default data value is DVD/CD-ROM and the Class data value is CDROM.
  3. In the right pane, right-click UpperFilters, and then click Delete.
  4. Click Yes to confirm the removal of the UpperFilters registry entry.
  5. In the right pane, right-click LowerFilters, and then click Delete.
  6. Click Yes to confirm the removal of the LowerFilters registry entry.
  7. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.

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