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DVD RAM drive not recognized

I have a DVD RAM drive and recently it had not been recognized by the computer. It is like the computer doesnt realize the drive exists. When I go to "My computer", the drive doesnt even show up. I uninstalled and re-installed the driver and it was working for a time, but now the same problem is back. When I tried to the same thing again, a msg pops up saying that I already have a functioning driver. What should I do?

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  • sahaja May 21, 2008

    I did both your ideas, so not sure which one fixed the problem. Toshiba also just put a new DVD driver on their website so I DLed and did what you said and its working now - yay!! Thanks to both of u!

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Another thing to try: Sometimes the cd/dvd drive gets partially unseated where it plugs into the motherboard (kind of like when Nintendo cartridges didn't work correctly when they weren't in "just right"). This can happen just from regular use over time and from resting the laptop on uneven surfaces (like your lap). This can cause your laptop to a) not recognize that the drive is physically still there, and/or b) prevent your laptop from booting up correctly (or at all) if your computer freezes before or during the boot process.

The fix is as follows:
(Warning-only do this if you either a) know what you're doing, b) check your manual to identify the correct things to touch, c) all of the above.)
Power off the computer. Remove the cd/dvd drive retaining screw, removed the drive. Reinsert the drive, and reboot.

If this is the problem, this fix should take care of it. It happens more often to laptops than people realize.

Good luck, and let me know how you make out.

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Update the bios that is the first one that recognises your drives update that thn have a look. Or check your Bios setup it may not be configured to load the CDROM Drive.

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