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CD / DVD player not listed as device on Windows Explorer

R40 Thinkpad - 4 years old - Windows XP -
CD / DVD player has been working until recently. 
PC DOCTOR - does not list DVD as a device
WINDOWS EXPLORER - does not list DVD as a device
Put CD in drive and close door - spins and read light lites - no software player popup on screen appears.
DISK is 95% full - cannot do defrag - not enough space

Fixes Tried:
Running latest files Norton Virus scan now ... do not expect detection
Turned off and reboot - 1 error displayed "Windows Defender... memory location listed with error message"
Rebooted with ACCESS IBM button - does not list CD / DVD player
NEW HARDWARE - ran with "new hardware installed" does not "see" new cd drive.

Hardware or driver problem?

DVD/CD rom missing on device manager

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Re: CD / DVD player not listed as device on Windows...

Try physically removing the player and fire up the laptop. Power down the laptop, replace the player and power back up. If that doesn't help, see if BIOS recognizes it.
If that doesn't work, get back to me.

Posted on Nov 09, 2007

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SOURCE: CD / DVD player not listed as device on Windows Explorer

Go to your "Device Manager" (Right click on ‘My Computer', select 'Properties', click the 'Hardware' tab, click the 'Device Manager' button. Click the "DVD CD-ROM drives"). If there is some kind of a "Warning" icon superimposed on the 'DVD' icon there is your problem!
If no "Warning" icons then try...
Double click the device.
Click the "Properties" tab; look for any "Warning" icons
uninstall the DRIVERS for THAT DEVICE only. See instructions below.
Click on the faulty device and hit the remove button, follow the instructions given by the program.
Shutdown, restart, the device will automatically reinstall by the "Found New Hardware" program.
NEXT -- Your Hard-drive is OVER-FULL
You need to uninstall a lot of programs.
Select the ones you never use.
After uninstalling
Then do a search for 'all files and folders' - search for both whatever "Company Name" and then whatever "Program Names" associated with what you uninstall, with the options "Search system folders", "Search hidden files and folders" and "Search sub-folders" checked. Delete all of those found.
You should do this search and delete whenever you uninstall any programs. It will remove lots and lots of leftover junk files taking up room on your hard drive. It will also give you a "clean install" when you reinstall or install an updated program. Do this ESPECIALLY when updating to a NEW anti-virus programs and “Internet Security Suite” programs such as McAfee or Norton etc.
You will probably have a lot of left over Registry entries and errors leftover from this, try a registry repair program such as 'Registry Mechanic'.
Get rid of files you no longer need.
Or you can buy an external storage hard-drive or a larger hard-drive.
Then defrag.

Posted on Nov 01, 2007

SOURCE: R40 Thinkpad CD drive

I also have an IBM R40 with a combo drive that showed the same symptoms. I switched the drive with two another two which I can assure that work 100% correctly, and the same problem happens. First the drive wasn't detected some of the times, or it got randomly "disconnected" while the laptop was on. Nowadays (about 1 year ago), the drive never gets detected, not by the BIOS or by the operating system (Linux, but also tried on Windows), even so, If I don't keep the drive disconnected, when the laptop boots the BIOS hangs for a long time like it was trying to detect the drive, but it doesn't. It turns out that is a system board problem. Hope this helps you on finding the solution. Regards

Posted on Aug 25, 2008

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