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Cd Rom Is "missing"

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#1 ginastanley


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Posted 02 June 2007 - 10:57 PM

I'm no computer guru, by any means... and excuse my improper use of terminology, please. I have a major crisis right now.

I have Windows Vista.

I have played music CD's on my computer, ripped CD's to my computer, played games from a CD, and loaded pictures from a CD to my computer.

I went to put in a CD for one of my college courses the other day, and nothing was happening.

Today I went to put in a CD from WalMart-photos, and nothing happened again.

So I put a music CD in and opened Windows Media Player. I hit "play" and a messaged popped up, saying something about I must have that device/drive to play CD's.

WELL.... I DID have it! What happened to it?

As I just paid for my books and the rest of my tuition, I need to try to steer away from a computer shop... which is why I'm coming here from help.

Could anyone pleeease help me?! =)

I would appreciate it soo soo much!

thank you-

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#2 ginastanley

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Posted 02 June 2007 - 11:56 PM

Incase any of you have this same problem I had, I found a solution at www.randomfix.com

Here is exactly what is on the page:


Apparently it seems that this is an age old fix for even XP systems. If you venture to the registry key above by doing the following steps:

Click on the start menu.
1.If this is a Vista machine in the search box type in “regedit” without the quotation marks.
2.Maximize the HKLM and then go ahead and browse until you reach the key listed above.
3.In the right panel you’ll see something along the lines of “UpperFilter” and “LowerFilter” you want to click on each “filter” key and hit delete. Click yes when it asks to confirm if you wish to delete the key.
4.Restart Windows.

#3 tg1911


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Posted 03 June 2007 - 12:05 AM

The above fix, is a registry edit.
Improper changes to the registry could render your computer inoperable.
Remember to backup the registry, before making any changes.
Instructions, on how to do that, can be found here:
How to back up, edit, and restore the registry

Thanks for posting that fix, ginastanley. :thumbsup:
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