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Cd-roms not showing up in my computer...

By troilism
Aug 18, 2006
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  1. Okay, i know im new, and that i just signed up, but i was hoping that somebody could please help me out.

    I had some viruses recently and did a few system restores and now when i open my computer there is no dvd-rom or cd-rom.

    Ive gone to device manager and looked but it doesnt show up in there either. I just replugged both of them in and they still appear nowhere. they open and close and flash lights and even make all the noises and sounds of reading but no action on my computer. I am completely lost and have no idea what to do. Any advice is appreciated, please help me.

    (custom built, amd processor, on the fritz, xp sp2)
  2. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Maniac Posts: 345

    Do your drives show up in bios?
  3. troilism

    troilism TS Rookie Topic Starter

    In bios? how would i got about checking that?

    just checked bios, nothing under cd-roms, but nothing has changed
  4. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Maniac Posts: 345

    what PC do you have? laptop or desktop? what operating system? How old is the PC? Whak brand (HP, compaq, dell...)
  5. troilism

    troilism TS Rookie Topic Starter

    desktop, windows xp, pc is about a year old MAYBE. I made it,(me and a more tech friendly friend)
  6. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Maniac Posts: 345

    so your bios say that there are no CDroms pluged in?
  7. troilism

    troilism TS Rookie Topic Starter

    i clicked the tab for cd-roms and there was nothing there : /?
  8. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Maniac Posts: 345

    do you have skype?
    if so look me up pioneerx01. Chat only
  9. troilism

    troilism TS Rookie Topic Starter

    dont have it : / sorry, ventrillo?
  10. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Maniac Posts: 345

    ok so i assume that you have 1-2 drives connected through ide cable. pull the cable out and check if all the wires are ok. If there is a little tear on the side that could screw up the hole think. also check if your power cables are ok and connected in firmly. if you have an extra ide cable that is new replace it instead of checking out the old one.
  11. troilism

    troilism TS Rookie Topic Starter

    they have power. they open up and make all the noise of reading a cd, but my computer seems like it has no idea they are there

    2 drives connected
     
  12. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Maniac Posts: 345

    open up the pc and try to check the cables as i have said... ide cable is the wide and thin and has about 40 wires all in line.
  13. troilism

    troilism TS Rookie Topic Starter

    checked the cables, they are super long but they seem to be in good shape
  14. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Maniac Posts: 345

    super long? more that 18 inches?
  15. troilism

    troilism TS Rookie Topic Starter

    no, about a 12-14
  16. pioneerx01

    pioneerx01 TS Maniac Posts: 345

    well as much as I would love to get my hands on you PC and try to figure out waht is wrong, icant because you do not live in parma. there are too many things that can be wrong and way to long to write it all out. best think for you would be to contact your tech friend. Sorry, but there are limited thinks I can do with typing...
    -sorry
  17. troilism

    troilism TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Its okay, thanks for trying, its more than most would do.

    Anybody else up to give this stumper a shot?
  18. peterdiva

    peterdiva TechSpot Ambassador Posts: 1,202

    Go back to the device manager and open IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers, right click the first entry (the controller), and select uninstall. Reboot, and Windows should find a new device and reinstall the drivers.
  19. troilism

    troilism TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I found the problem after searching and looking around for hours last night. I guess iTunes makes a registry edit somewhere or adds some thing to do with the registry that made my drives 100% disappear and all you have to do is delete that entry, more info can be seen here on how to do it, this site saved my life http://www.annoyances.org/exec/forum/winxp/t1057386021

    It worked wonders, thanks for all your help anyways : )
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