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Laptop wont recognise dvd drive after installing Vista

Problem: Toshiba Satellite A-105 S4049 (orig. with XP) wont recognise the DVD-RAM drive. There is no possibility to download the driver from Plz help!!

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Hi Docpayton,  Sounds like you are having hardware connection issues.  First, i would try right clicking on 'my computer' and under that, go to manage.  Find the tab that says device manager and find your CD/DVD drive.  Uninstall the product/ or press delete. (whichever one it is)  Now your computer should immediately notice you have a cd drive and will install it for you.  I hope this works, because i havent had a computer with that problem in a long time, and i am running off of all i remember...  Tell me if you need anymore help. 

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