Update on a previous optical drive problem post

By greatman05
Jun 14, 2009
  1. Hello. I had posted a thread a couple months ago on the fact that System #2 has non-functional optical drives in Windows. I can boot CDs from them (Puppy Linux and the Windows Install CD), but as soon as I try to read a CD under Windows, the computer locks up. Today, I figured out it was a problem with a key in the HKLM\System hive of the registry by replacing it with the one in the repair directory and seeing if the DVD-RW drives read the disks correctly. They did, and now here's my question: Unfortunately, using the System hive from the repair directory prevents my system from booting in any other mode besides Safe mode. Is there a way I can isolate the problem and fix it in the original hive, or use the repair directory hive and reinstall all of the drivers?

    EDIT: "Reinstall all drivers" should be "amend it to the original hive"
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    What drivers?
    Check your pins to be sure your optical drive is set for Master. Be sure all your cables are right, by unplugging and resetting...
    Then you should be able to boot without jumping through hoops.
  3. greatman05

    greatman05 TS Maniac Topic Starter Posts: 429

    I'll be damned...resetting the cables fixed the problem...if only I had known this months ago...thanks! :D
  4. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +10

    You are welcome... Glad it worked.
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