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Failed Cd Drive

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#1 RichardM2


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Posted 26 August 2007 - 11:56 AM

My CD drive has failed in my Dimension 2400. Machine does not recognize it's existence, nor will it load anything. Any ideas.


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#2 garmanma


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Posted 26 August 2007 - 12:04 PM

Go to Control Panel>System>Hardware tab and select Device Manager. Right-click on the drive and select Properties. Remove the device and reboot the computer. Windows will re-detect the drive. They also do go bad, maybe it's time to upgrade to a nice DVD burner. They're fairly inexpensive and not hard to change out
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Posted 26 August 2007 - 03:11 PM



Well I will go along with that. Remove the Cd drive and up grade to a DVD ram writer.


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Posted 26 August 2007 - 08:03 PM

If you tried everything else, but before you spring for a new optical drive, try this:

Taken from: http://www.aumha.org/regfiles.php

Click the link immediately below to download the zipped .REG file. Read the accompanying .TXT file. Copy file cdgone.reg to your hard drive. In Explorer right-click the file name and select Merge. OK the operation. Restart your PC.

"Restore Missing CD Drive.
Win XP ONLY! The popular CDGONE patch. CD drives may vanish in Windows Explorer, Device Manager, etc. if a third-party CD-burning package has been uninstalled and Registry references for some code modules aren’t removed successfully. This patch and a reboot usually will restore the missing drives. Any third party package still required will then have to be re-installed. For more information on this and other possible causes, see the “Problems” section of Alex Nichol’s Burning CDs in Windows XP article."

[The link immediately above is a very well written technical article concerning how CDs are written. Everything stated about CDs also applies to DVDs, too.]

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