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Discussion in 'Hardware' started by melonhead, Jan 21, 2003.

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  1. melonhead

    melonhead Thread Starter

    May 6, 2002
    I have a client that has a CD Rom that used to automatically pull up games, etc. when she would put the disk in the system. Now it does not. She has cleaned the disks, etc. Any suggestions? Also, can you use a CD cleaner on the computer. I use it all the time on our DVDs players but never on the computer. Thanks so much!
  2. Alex Ethridge

    Alex Ethridge

    Apr 10, 2000
    What you are looking for is "Auto insert notification" with a check-box to the left of it; but, alas, I have forgotten where it is. Perhaps someone else will come along soon and tell us.

    I have seen those cleaners used in computers with no ill result.
  3. rugrat


    Dec 16, 2001
    Go to start, settings,control panel, system, device manager. Highlight the cd rom and click properties. The auto insert that Alex is refering to should be there. Ensure it is checked.

  4. JohnWill

    JohnWill Retired Moderator

    Oct 19, 2002
    Of course, you're assuming that this is a W9x based O/S. Nothing is ever simple. :)

    For W2K:

    You can use the TweakUI utility and goto the paranoia tab, or edit the registry HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdrom and change Autorun 0x1 to 0x0 to disable autorun. If you use TWEAKUI it will only affect the current user, where as the registry entry will set it for all users. To achieve the same as TWEAKUI change HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer and set the value NoDriveTypeAutoRun from 0x95 to 0xff.

    For XP-Home:

    Click Start, Run and enter REGEDIT Then go to:


    Create a new value called: NoDriveTypeAutoRun
    Type is: DWORD
    Value is: 0x000000b5 (181)

    You may need to log off/log on or reboot for the change to take effect. Additionally, you may need Administrator privileges to edit the Registry.

    For XP-Pro

    1) Click Start, Run and enter GPEDIT.MSC

    2) Go to Computer Configuration, Administrative Templates, System.

    3) Locate the entry for Turn autoplay off and modify it as you desire.
  5. melonhead

    melonhead Thread Starter

    May 6, 2002
    Thanks for all the responses! I'll call the client and make an appointment. I think one of the above should work!
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