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Cd/dvd drive not working

I replaced windows 2000 professional with xp now my external cd/dvd drive does not work. I click on the icon and nothing happens.

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Re: Cd/dvd drive not working

You need to update the drivers for the drive because its external what the installation of XP did was to except it as the drive to install but what it did not do was to install also on your hard drive the external CDrom. You need to do it manually....go here:

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Inspiron b120 cd/dvd drive wont work

probably need new one But try this go to control panel then device manager then in the D's is your dvd there or is there a mark by it this may mean the driver maybe missing right click on the DVD then click on update driver, search automatically & hopefully it is found

Feb 01, 2015 | PC Laptops


Acer Aspire Netbook without external DVD/CD rom How to Load CD

This will work on any model or make of net-book or Laptop enabling you to load CD's or DVD s with software onto your net-book laptop especially good when the CD/DVD drive has stopped working or is non existent, there are a few prerequisites before you can carry out this operation.
1:You must be in a networked environment in your home/workplace
2;One of the networked computers must have a CD/DVD ROM available
3:The computers must have been linked in a home or a small office network
4: Printers and sharing must also be activated in that network

Method is as follows:-
On the Work-group/Home network computer with CD/DVD ROM click on Start then my computer and look for CD/DVD ROM icon.
Right click on the icon then click sharing and security enable sharing and security then restart this workstation , You will then see the shared hand icon underneath this icon representing it is a shared item after restart to confirm it is shared.

On the laptop/net-book look in my network places you will see the CD/DVD ROM available to you now all you need to do is place in the work-group computers CD/DVD ROM the required software disk and there you have your problem solved without the expense of purchasing an external CD ROM
Operate now your Net-book/Laptop with available CD/DVD icon and double click it or right click and explore choice is yours.
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I hope this explains how to do it if you have further problems let me know
Should you not have at least the above 4 listed items at the top of the page then this method wont work .I will publish another method soon for those people that have no network and only have a single net-book/Laptop with no CD capability

on Feb 28, 2011 | PC Laptops


4 steps to reset lost Windows 7 password

Nowadays more and more people like to create passwords on Windows 7 PC. In fact, a Windows 7 password is a good way to protect your precious computer data from unauthorized users. Unfortunately, you can be easily locked out of computer as the Windows passwords are easily to be forgotten or lost due to various reasons. In order to regain access to your locked computer and your precious data on it, you need to reset Windows 7 password.

You may forget to create a Windows 7 password reset disk, but resetting Windows 7 password on your own without reinstalling computer is still not a big problem. Just follow the below 4 steps, then you can reset Windows 7 password.

Step 1: Pick one good Windows password recovery tool
To reset Windows 7 password by yourself, you need to use good Window password recovery software. See if the software can reset lost or forgotten Windows password for your Windows 7.Most of the Windows password recovery software available in the market support password recovery for most popular Windows operating systems, like Windows 7/ Vista/XP.
Then, select the appropriate edition of the Windows password recovery tool to reset Windows 7 password. Generally speaking, Windows password recovery tool has 2 or 3 different editions to reset lost Windows password. Take Windows Password Recovery for example, it has 3 editions.
Its Standard edition allows you to burn a bootable CD/DVD to reset lost Windows administrator and user password for Windows 7/Vista/XP/2000/NT while its Professional edition allows you to burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive to reset Windows local password for Windows 7/Vista/XP/NT/ and Windows Server 2008/2003/2000. And Windows Password Recovery Enterprise enables you to burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive to reset Windows domain password and Windows local password for all poplar Windows OS.

Step 2: Prepare a PC with driver and a bootable CD/DVD or USB drive
As your PC is locked and you are not able to log on it, you need to find another available computer to download and install the Windows password recovery you choose to burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive to reset Windows 7 password. Please note the computer should have a driver. Both internal and external driver are Ok. Of course, the device - a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive- should also be prepared before starting to reset Windows 7 password.
Step 3: Burn a bootable CD/DVD or USB flash drive to reset Windows 7 password
Once you choose the right recovery tool and the device, you can begin to burn an ISO image file to the device to reset Windows 7 password. Here I take Windows Password Recovery Professional for an example to show you the whole process, which is really simple in fact.
First select to burn an ISO image file to CD/DVD or USB flash drive to reset Windows local password, then click Burn to start burning. Click Ok when the burning task is completed. It is very simple and just takes you a few seconds.
Step 4: Perform Windows 7 password reset with the burned CD/DVD or USB drive
When you have burned a CD/DVD or USB flash drive, you can reset Windows password simply with the burned CD/DVD. Insert the burned CD/DVD or USB flash drive in your locked computer and boot the locked PC from CD/DVD or USB. Then you can reset Windows 7 password under Windows PE. First choose the user name whose password you want to reset and click Reset button, and then click Ok to confirm and continue your operation. Click Ok when the password has been successfully reset.

With this Windows password recovery tool, you can rest lost password on Windows 7 in less than 5 minutes. Forgot Windows 7 password? Just try the steps above to reset Windows 7 password.

on Nov 09, 2010 | PC Laptops

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Windows is showing a remove hardware icon. when I click on it, it wants to remove the cd/ is hl-dt-st rw/dvd gcc t10n. I've tried disabling the driver and restoring it, disabling device and...

Operating System Windows Vista™ Ultimate, Windows Vista™ Business,
Windows Vista™ Home Basic,
Windows® XP Professional SP2, Microsoft® Windows® XP Home SP2, FreeDOS

Try formatting your windows into windows vista or windows 7. It might solve you problem.

Nov 25, 2010 | Dell Latitude D630 PC Notebook

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My laptop is not detecting cd in it wht to do???????????

connect an external cd/dvd drive & see if its working or not. If yes, then you need to replace cd/dvd drive of your laptop.

Jun 16, 2010 | Acer Extensa 4620 Notebook

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My gateway laptop's dvd/cd drive stopped working, all of a sudden, but it plays music cds, it is just the DVDs that don't play them or even explore... what could it be the problem? how do i solve it? it...

Are you sure yours is a DVD player? It could only be a CD-CD writer, which will NOT play DVDs.
Open your control panel ->system->hardware->device manager and click on the DVD/CD-ROM drives icon. The listed devices will tell you if you really have a dvd player or not. If you do really have a dvd player, try a different dvd

Mar 19, 2010 | Gateway MX3228 Notebook

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Doesn`t work all the time and makes a whirring noise, do i need to buy a new cd/dvd drive?

Before you beginTo determine if the CD or DVD drive displays on the My Computer screen, follow the steps below.
  1. Turn on the computer and remove any discs from the CD/DVD drive.
  2. In Windows 98 and Me, double-click the My Computer icon on the desktop. In Windows XP, click Start and then My Computer .
  3. A CD/DVD drive icon displays on the My Computer screen when Windows recognizes the drive. If Windows recognizes the drive, find and use a section below that pertains to the CD-writing software with the issue.
  4. If the drive does not display on the My Computer screen, go to the Microsoft support website and search for documents on missing CD DVD drive .
RecordNow by Veritas/HP/Sonic does not recognize the CDRW or DVD+RW driveIf RecordNow does not recognize the CDRW or DVD+RW drive, follow the steps below.
NOTE: Install any updates for the RecordNow engine available on the Sonic support web site (in English). Step 1: Uninstalling RecordNowTo uninstall RecordNow to reset the software and cause it to look for the CDRW or DVD+RW drive again, follow the steps below.
NOTE: The steps below pertain to Windows XP.
  1. Click Start and then Control Panel .
  2. Double-click Add or Remove Programs .
  3. Select Record Now and then click Add/Remove .
  4. Follow the on-screen instructions until the uninstaller finishes.
  5. Select DirectCD and then click Add/Remove .
  6. Follow the on-screen instructions until the uninstaller finishes.
  7. Remove any discs from the drives and restart the computer.
Step 2: Installing RecordNow using Application RecoveryAfter Windows restarts, install the RecordNow software to begin creating CDs.To install the RecordNow software, follow the steps below.
  1. Click Start , All Programs , HP Tools or Compaq Tools , and then Application Recovery .
  2. Click Application Installation and then click Next .
  3. Select HP Record Now or Sonic RecordNow! and then click Install .
  4. The installation automatically installs all files. Follow the on-screen instructions.
  5. Restart the computer after the installation completes.
The HP Record Now or Sonic RecordNow! software should now recognize the CDRW drive. Back to topRoxio (Adaptec's) Easy CD Creator does not detect the CDRW driveEasy CD Creator produces an error message when it is unable to detect the drive, such as: There are currently no supported CD Recorders available...To prevent these errors from occurring, follow the steps below.
NOTE: Windows XP is not compatible with Easy CD Creator 4 and earlier. If the HP Pavilion computer was updated to Windows XP from Windows 98 or Me, use the native CD writing ability in Windows XP or purchase and install CD writing software that is compatible. Step 1: Installing updates for Roxio (Adaptec) Recording Software If the recording software is from Roxio (formerly Adaptec), go to the Roxio software updates page (in English) to obtain any software updates that are available for Easy CD Creator (with or without CD Copier or Direct CD). If Roxio still does not detect the CDRW drive after installing the updates, continue to the next step. Step 2: Changing the CD drive letter back, if it changedUpgrading to Windows 98 or Windows Me can change the drive letter to a different letter and make the drive undetectable to Easy CD Creator. To change the drive letter back to F or another previously designated letter, follow the steps below.
  1. Right-click the My Computer icon on the desktop.
  2. Click Properties . The System Properties window opens.
  3. Click the Device Manager tab.
  4. Click the plus sign next to CD-ROM .
  5. Double-click the CD-ROM name and then click the Settings tab.
  6. Under Reserved drive letters , select M (or the previously assigned letter) from the drop-down list. Be sure that both the Start drive letter and the End drive letter are the same.
  7. Click OK , Close , and then Yes .
  8. Restart the computer. If Easy CD Creator continues to fail to recognize the CDRW drive, continue to the next step.
Step 3: Uninstalling Easy CD CreatorIf the above steps fail to make Easy CD Creator recognize the CDRW, recover Easy CD Creator by uninstalling it. Recovering Easy CD Creator resets the software and causes it to look for the CDRW drive again. Be sure that you have the last recovery disc of your Pavilion recovery disc set before continuing.uninstall Easy CD Creator, Step 4: Installing Easy CD Creator using Application Recovery

Jan 17, 2010 | HP Pavilion dv6000z Notebook

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Laptop not show cd or dvd when i put it

Well, for starters, is your cd/dvd turned on in the bios.  Some but not all computer have a setting for this.  If your cd/dvd drive is removable, shut down the computer, remove the drive.  Reboot the computer and shut it down again.  Then reconnect the drive and start the computer back up.  This will make sure that if your drive is working, windows will redetect it.  You can check device manager to make sure it is not disabled.  If none of this works, you may have a bad drive.  If you really must reinstall windows, you can get an external cd/dvd drive pretty cheap on Ebay.  Just make sure you go into your BIOS setting and change the boot menu to external drive.  I hope this information helps.

May 30, 2009 | HP Compaq Presario C700T

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Toshiba a135-s4527

I did a quick google and found this. Hope they help.

Jan 06, 2008 | Toshiba Satellite A135-S4427...

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Toshiba Satellite A75-S206 DVD\CD-RW drive problem

Hello GeneMat,

I am Romeet,i will try and help you with this problem.Seems it could be an issue with the Combo DVD Drive's Driver Software or Firmware.

Try This:

From your Desktop:

Right Click " My Computer" Icon and select "Properties"

Go to "Hardware" Tab and select "Device Manager"

Under Device Manager, scroll down to the "DVD/CDROM Drives" menu and click on the plus ( + ) Sign next to it

Right Click the Drive name eg " Toshiba DVD-R TSST 2313" and select " Uninstall" Click yes to any prompts and restart your Laptop.

After rebooting, Windows XP should pick up the drivers again, so wait a while for it to complete and until it notifies you that " Windows successfully completed installing your new hardware" or something to that effect and then try using the software cds again

Best of luck!


Dec 01, 2007 | Toshiba Satellite A75-S206 Notebook

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