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Cd drive is not recognized

My cd/ r/w /dvd drive has disappeared again - it did this once before -"ran away from home" - went to burn a cd and {{Poof}} "D" drive no onger there - not in my system info -CD ROM - nothing there what up?

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Re: cd drive is not recognized

Hi, The problem of the CD drive missing (and sometimes the A drive likewise) has been known to come up from time to time when PCs were upgraded to SP2, on some Dell models, the InCD feature of Nero, or those with Roxio CD creator 5. A couple of things you can try: 1. Uninstall references to the CD in your Device Manager, reboot. Windows is suppose to autodetect and auto install such devices; 2. verify that the CD is detected in the CMOS/BIOS, save & exit; 4. download and merge to your registry a quickfix - 5. If installed, uninstall/remove InCD or Roxio CD creator 5. Hope this be of some help/idea. Post back how things turn up or should you need further information. Good luck and kind regards.

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