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Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?

GUEST,Fred McCormick 12 Jul 14 - 11:13 AM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 12 Jul 14 - 11:17 AM
Acme 12 Jul 14 - 11:32 AM
Joe Offer 12 Jul 14 - 06:48 PM
GUEST,Fred McCormick 13 Jul 14 - 06:45 AM
Mr Red 14 Jul 14 - 04:37 AM
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GUEST,Fred McCormick 15 Jul 14 - 04:56 AM
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Subject: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 12 Jul 14 - 11:13 AM

My computer's DVD drive has become lost. This is not a difficult problem to solve. I know because I've repaired it several times in the past. Unfortunately, I cannot now remember the sequence of operations involved.

Can anybody help to fill in the missing bits of my brain cells?


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 12 Jul 14 - 11:17 AM

Sorry. I should have added that I'm on Windows 7 Professional.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: Acme
Date: 12 Jul 14 - 11:32 AM

Do you think the DVD drive still works? And you've tried turning the computer off and back on again?

You can go into BIOS and see if the computer sees it. The drive will be named and the operating system should see the same things as the BIOS. I'd consider changing out the DVD drive. To see what is installed, left click the start button and click on "computer." You'll see everything that is installed on that screen - hard drives, devices, and any networks you participate in remotely. And at the top of the screen you'll see "map network drive." But that is for networks, not devices, so I don't think you can actually map to it.

I'd try opening the machine and unplugging then reattaching the drive first, but they're inexpensive. You might as well replace it if you're going to get under the hood.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 12 Jul 14 - 06:48 PM

I think the first think I'd do is go to Device Manager and delete the driver. Then reboot the computer and let Windows install a new driver. If that doesn't work, then I'd put in a new DVD drive.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 13 Jul 14 - 06:45 AM

Thanks fellas. In fact shortly after I started the thread, I remembered how to recover the drive. You go to Device Manager and delete the driver. Then you rebooot the computer and Windows is supposed to install a new driver.

The only problem is it didn't work, so it's most likely a mechanical fault. Hey ho. How ever did we get along before they invented computers?


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: Mr Red
Date: 14 Jul 14 - 04:37 AM

How ever did we get along before they invented computers?

Eyeball to Eyeball?

Personally if burning is the er um burning issue, I would buy an external and that way you can migrate it with the PC upgrades.

And buying a BlueRay version would future-proof the process (for a year or two the way things are going). Having said that I burn still CD and DVD's regularly with an external, from more than one laptop.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: GUEST
Date: 14 Jul 14 - 08:03 PM

About one year ago I ended up with a micro PC. Not enough room for a CD or DVD drive so I bought a USB external DVD reader writer. Brilliant. I've used it with all three of my current machines. It's very useful.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: GUEST,Fred McCormick
Date: 15 Jul 14 - 04:56 AM

Thanks guys. An external DVD writer might be the very answer.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 15 Jul 14 - 05:17 PM

If buying an external drive, consider whether you need it to be powered from laptop/PC (often described as portable). These avoid mains dependency but often require two free USB sockets. Also many DVD/CD writers (usually obsolete models, but sold new on eBay) don't support "CD text," which enables copying and display of track titles, rather than just "track 1" "track 2" etc.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: IvanB
Date: 16 Jul 14 - 01:23 AM

Fred, if you haven't bought a new drive yet, try the fixes outlined here:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060

Strangely enough I had an unrecognized drive in Win7 just a few days ago and the registry fix was the one that worked. I had first tried the uninstall/restart route with no joy also.

Good luck, hope it works for you as it did for me.


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Subject: RE: Tech: DVD Drive Lost. Can Anybody Help?
From: Mr Red
Date: 16 Jul 14 - 05:18 AM

if you use an external and the internal is recognised but not functioning, then beware in Nero (eg) because it will try to go to the default which may always be the internal. I put a sticker on my external with the text that the system reports to remind me which to use!


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