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My CD/DVD drive on Gateway M460 laptop only works after I recover my computer to an earlier date. It tries to run, but cannot actually bring up the CD. After I recover, it works fine until the next ti

Gateway M460 laptop-CD drive not working unless computer recovered.

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  • Judy Vipperman Oct 25, 2012

    Since Gateway has no CD ROM-DVD driver updates, what next? After recovery to an earlier date last night, the CD ROM drive was listed under Device Manager and the drive worked. Today, when I booted up, this drive was missing under Device Mgr and would not work. So it comes and goes at will. I did have my hard drive replaced earlier this year to obtain more GB, but had computer repair specialist do that. I need help before I lose my mind over this.



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Good thing is it seems like a software fault not hardware, when it isn't working check to see if the drivers are still there and if they are updated. something may be deleting the drivers for the device like a virus. so there may be a program that you use after you recover that sends it to **** again. Download Avast! antivirus and use that, best protection around.

To check to see if the DVD/CD has the drivers click start -> right click computer -> click manage -> (wait for screen to load) click on device manager and navigate to the cd/dvd rom drive. you can manage the drivers from there and update, locate the driver and backup, rollback drivers etc..

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  • Judy Vipperman Oct 24, 2012

    Any suggestions for finding driver software to reinstall. I have the Windows XP CD if that will help if I do a repair.

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    I would recommend starting on the main "Gateway" website, there are many out there that offer driver downloads but usually download some other malicious program. Follow the link and enter in M460 in the Model number section, select windows xp and it will bring up a list of driver downloads I did have a quick look and looks like there are no drivers for the CD Rom so it would be a problem alternatively if you enter into the Device Manager it will show you what driver you can use. It would be best to backup that same driver when it is working


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Dear Sigma 101,

I am working on an HP Pavilion dv5000 right know and let me tell you that I had the same problem. When I first got this laptop, the owner told me that it has some virus on it and Yes, the CD/DVD combo drive was gone!. So, the steps that you might want to consider is to go back with System Restore (Star,All Programs, Accessories, System Tools, and then System Restore) then, select Restart my computer to an earlier time and, Click Next and your system will show you a calendar, select the date available or click < to descend and click Next (for instance in my PC shows on the left December 15 of last year and then on the right the exact time as last good configuration) This option will only work if you have a previous back up or restoration point applied in the past .
Might sure that you save all of your files before you do this and good luck.


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