Acer aspire 9302, windows vista HP, optiarc cd/dvd drive - this drive disappears in front of my eyes from the device manager listing. i can occasionally restore it with a windows installation disk, but not long after i use the drive it then fails - doesnt keep the drivers and drops out of the device manager list. i recently suffered a system crash and reloaded windows vista, but am experiencing the above problem. i have already done the 'filters' trick in registry - they are no longer present!! i have however lost 'Acer' functions on the laptop.
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it might be a lens problem , if it was working ok before for sometime then its a drive related issue hardware try changing the drive go to ebay find a cheap one like under 60 bucks , also try checking with drive info tools
yeah go to the device manager
start > right click on my computer > properties > hardware > device manager > under the cd/dvd drive option and than right click on the drive and uninstall it than go to the option that is ide/atapi and than uninstall the secondary channel and than restart the system that should work out ... if that doesnt work try updating the firmware and if that doesnt work try reinstalling windows that is if u do not have any important data to loose if u do change the drive
Is the hardware listed in the BIOS? When the computer first starts up hit a key to get in the BIOS (Esc, F2 or F10 are most likely). If it's not listed in the BIOS then it's likely a hardware problem. Try checking the connections to make sure it's plugged in and getting power.
If it is listed in the BIOS, it's likely a problem within Windows. Check Acer's website for known issues with the cd-rom.