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.
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.
i fixed my problem by going to the western digital site and downloaded the installation package. i installed it and next thing i knew it started working again. hope that may help if anyone runs into a similar problem
i) try to place the CD(u wanted to play....) in the CD/DVD Tray which is right on top of ur tower by pressing button on CD/DVD drive and wait for few seconds....
ii) then Click on Start button -----> Click on the option MY COMPUTER---> a new window will appear
right at the bottom u will see caption "Devices with Removable Storage", right click on the CD/DVD Drive icon(not the Floppy Drive....) and select the option Explore and u will able to open the data or file or video present on that CD............... and try to click file or video or songs and u will be able succesfully play songs or video or read data present onthat CD...
Try these steps:
- Right-click on "My Computer"
- Click "Manage"
- Click on the "Disk Management" icon in the left column (Under the "Storage" category"
- If your disk appears on the right-hand side, then try to right-click on it and create a partition.
The issue may just be that, since the disk is not partitioned/formatted, a drive letter has not been assigned, which would cause it to not show up in the "My Computer" list