Posted 02 May 2012 - 09:10 AM
I did not like DriverMax's limits on download, enforced wait time, membership requirements, etc. Smelled fishy, or phishy, as the case may be. Still, it was no help with CD/DVD, just reported the drivers as up to date and no option to download or replace. While I was there, I noticed a Realtek HD Audio driver for my Gigabyte motherboard, so I went ahead and updated. Now I have a Gigabyte audio manager that pops up at random, no matter how I set it, click ok or 'X' out. There are no settings to stop the pop-up. Used Revo Uninstaller to get rid of that crapware.
Browsed Gigabyte's site for help with this specific board, hoping to see if there were better audio drivers or CD/DVD; no joy. Was redirected to a pay site similar to DriverMax, but found free download of audio driver. It turned out to be the same Realtek junk, though, so I've uninstalled it, again.
I tried Fix # 4, followed the directions to the letter and the VBS script ran just fine. However, after reboot, there is still no improvement for CD/DVD. Yellow circle, black exclamation mark. "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)"
I uninstalled hardware from device manager again, then copied/replaced cdrom.sys, imapi.sys and redbook.sys from backup (made to external USB drive before CD/DVD drive stopped working) to c:\windows\system32\drivers. Also copied/replaced from same backup storprop.dll to c:\windows\system32. Scanned for hardware changes, found HP 1040r, as always, but same result as before. Yellow circle, black exclamation mark. "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)"
I am just about ready to boot to Windows XP CD - yes, BIOS/boot recognizes it, but Windows will not - and reinstall. Blech.