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Toshiba A305-6825 laptop prolem (no visible CD/DVD Rom drive). In Device Manager: HL-DT-ST dvdram gsa-t40F ATA device error. Media test failure. There appears to be CD/DVD combo drive firmware problem (no visible CD/DVD Rom drive) after recent OS reinstallation from OEM restore disks.

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  • a-karim-69 Jul 22, 2008

    There appears to be CD/DVD combo drive firmware problem (no visible CD/DVD Rom drive) after recent OS reinstallation from OEM restore disks.

  • misterfemi Jul 30, 2008

    SOLUITION:

    Firmware from Toshiba didn't seem to work

    The solution to CD/DVD combo drive firmware problem (no visible CD/DVD Rom drive) after recent OS reinstallation from OEM restore disks can be found on the MS site:

    http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929461/e...

    Hope this helps someone else. You will have to edit your registry settings in Vista to get this particular drive up and running.




  • Anonymous Jan 25, 2009

    Hoping this helps

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You seem to be onto things (though your problem classification was generic instead of for your Toshiba model A305.) Install all the updated drivers for your laptop from the laptop's support site (Toshiba's, that is) so you can use your drive. Drives fail sometimes, and you could try sticking an old movie or something in there instead of nothing, but it is likely it is just the missing driver.

Posted on Jul 19, 2008

  • Steve Nordquist
    Steve Nordquist Jul 30, 2008

    So the problem is actually Windows Vista, and the entry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} which gets UpperFilters and LowerFilters which have to be deleted, but then CD burning (...why not just say automotive applicaions...) might be disaffected, it says.  People, this is why you should use other OS unless and until you want to run DirectX video games.

    The Cause is given as (Microsoft!  But also:)
    One of the following scenarios is true:
    • The filter drivers in the CD and the DVD storage stack are not migrated successfully to Windows Vista.
    • You uninstalled CD software that fails to properly remove itself in the registry.
    • You installed software that adds filter drivers in the CD and the DVD storage stack that interfere with existing filters (because there's only supposed to be one entry and there aren't any coping mechanisms in there.)

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