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Can't see my optical drives in XP Pro

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by MALFIE, Feb 24, 2006.

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  1. MALFIE

    MALFIE Thread Starter

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    Yesterday I noticed that my DVD Reader & DVD burner were not displayed in MY Computer.. They are detected and shown in the bios and during initial startup but not in windows..
    What WAS bad timing I've since turned off System Restore while bug hunting and so cant go back..
    I've also found that my Acronis True Image claims it cannot detect ANY hard drives... and I have 3, all of which I see and can access...

    I tried running sfc /scannow from command but it tells me the cd I put in was incorrect, it isn't.. so I guess its either not seeing the drive either or is , like me, confused..

    I can do a restore from boot but I'm hoping someone can shed some light upon this strange abberation. In CP/Device Manager it show a yellow exclamation next to the optical drives and says its probable the drivers are corrupt.. but its looking more like the IDE system has problems as clearly the HDDs are not being perceived as they should be..

    Any ideas??

    ND.. the only program that was installed around that time was a trial version of XPRepair which, after it demanded registration to do anything other than detect, I uninstalled thru Add/Remove.. but it didnt go ( ???.. hmmmm?) so I took it out of the startup and physically removed it.. Still no go on the CD/DVD..
     
  2. SacsTC

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    Go back into device mangler and remove the optical drives. Re-boot and see if they come back without the !
     
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  4. MALFIE

    MALFIE Thread Starter

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    Sacs: Tried that..still no go..
    but..
    Norton: The registry fix worked... spot on!... Thanks for the direction..

    Acronis still cant see any fixed disks, but that could just be the proggie and quite unrelated...

    Thanks all

    Mal
     
  5. norton850

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    The optical drive problem is common with XP. I have Acronis will have to see if I can help you with that one. When does it tell you that?
     
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