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My computer says that my cd drive doesnt exsist any more. I opened it with the pin in the small hole, but it was never jammed. The problem seems internal and I dont know what to do.

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I) i want u to dismantle your computer of open computer tower and see the connection that are going to ur cd drive and to the motherboard

 you will find: two cables i) data cable ii) power cable

try to remove data cable(flat ribbon cable) from both end(that is on the cd drive and mother board-remember the way ur removing them and place them again). or if you have another data cable try place that instead using the same cable(their may be problem with ur old cable.....)

try to remove the power cable(it is bulge with fat wires- green , red, yellow ,... colored) and replace it again.....

here i'm trying to make sure that there is no loose contact in your power, data cable connections.... and now restart system... and see whether your cd drive is indicating


ii) we can even try whether ur cd drive is detected in bios by pressing f8 or f10 or del keys on keyboard from the time u power on ur system(remember continously tap) and u will enter into bios try to explore bios and see whether u can find something like " CD DRIVE, some numericals or model name of cd drive ......"

if you can trace it out then u dont have any problems with ur CD DRIVE 

iii) at last i would suggest(if nothing works) to format or reload your OS or format system freshly]


Thankin you

M. Sridhar

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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If you have Windows XP, there's a flaw in the Registry that sometimes blocks your system from loading the CD drive - please try the following (but only if you're running windows XP!)

[Start] [Run] [Regedit]
Registry Key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class
Key Name: {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
Value Data: [Delete All Value Data from UpperFilters and LowerFilters]
Note: Do not delete the Key or the Multi-String Values. Delete only the data values.
Exit Registry and Reboot

This worked for me when my drive went missing, so I hope it works for you too!

--- Kudos to http://www.theeldergeek.com/restore_missing_cd_or_dvd_drive.htm

Posted on Dec 31, 2008

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