Re: cd drive wont even show up whenever I play a cd. help
Okay, the driver for the CD (hal.dll) needs to be reinstalled.
Do the following:
Press the windows key and R
Type in command
In the command prompt that comes up:
Type in cd C:\Windows\System32\
Type in taskkill /f /im "hal.dll"
Type in del hal.dll
Then restart your computer
What taskkill does is kill the CD Player application that is using the
driver so you can delete it. After your system restarts, Windows will
automatically reinstall the CD driver, and the problem will be
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Most units are designed to "autoplay" audio CDs when they are inserted. When they fail to do so, it could be because the CD is dirty or scratched and was bot recognized, the media player that you are using to play the CD was not in a state that it could autoplay the CD, or there could be a problem with the Disk drive or PC itself. Whenever a CD fails to play upon insertion, go to the "My Computer" icon (win7 or below) and see if the CD/DVD drive shows a disk inserted. If so, clicking on the drive will often start the playback.
Okay. First of all is it a cd drive in your computer as opposed to a DVD drive? If you put a dvd into a cd drive it cannot recognize the dvd. A dvd drive can recognize a cd, but a cd drive cannot recognise a dvd.
Does your computer actually recognize the drive as being present?
If the drive isn't recognized by the computer try:
power off the laptop
Physically remove the cd or dvd drive
power -up the laptop without the cd/dvd drive
power off the latop and refit the dvd/cd drive
power it up again and see if the drive is
If the drive IS recognized by the laptop but won't play any disk it's probably the drive itself at fault. You can try gently cleaning the inside of the drive - the optic that reads the disk. However, the usual cause is failure of that optic which read the disk information. It cannot be repaired.
The alternative to fitting a new drive is to buy a portable dvd drive. They connect via a usb cable. Have a look on Ebay
Won't read or won't auto play? Go to "My Computer" and see if the drive is shown there. If it is, put a disk in. Double click on the DVD icon and see if it plays. Works? Good. If the drive icon is NOT shown under "My Computer" it could be a bad drive, a driver issue or even a virus can cause this problem. Hope this helps.
Hi, if the PC's are older than 3 years or the cdrom drives are near it's end of life, it will make problems to read some CDR's. If you recorded the CD's you are trying to read, try recording at less than 4X speed. Sometimes, even "original" or "silver" CD's will make problems because they are not recorded correctly at the factory. If the problem is with a CDRW drive, it applies the same theory, the recording laser is damaged or used up. It will not record a legible CD or DVD even if the software says that the record operation ended successfully.