Help! My DVD drive is missing!

Saturday, August 14 2010 @ 10:05 PM SGT

Contributed by: davkou

I was using a laptop given by a friend, and everything was ok until recently.  The DVD drive went missing.


Initially, the laptop shows symptom of breaking down.  It was not able to write to a DVD or CD, and occasionally it was not able to read.  Then one day, it decided not to appear at all in my windows explorer.  For a while I thought may be it was over heated, and it should come back after turning off the laptop and let it rest for a while.  However, that doesn't work.  So thought I could be driver problem.  So I went to have a look at the device manager.  And true enough,  there was a yellow exclamation mark for the DVD/CD drive, indicating that somehow there is an error with the driver.


Further investigation reveals that there are some problem in the registry.  So I thought may be I will remove the driver, and re-install again should solve the problem.  But it was not as easy as I thought.  Trying to update the driver also doesn't help.  Finally, after trying all that I could, I decided to google for a solution.


I found one suggested solution is to do something to the registry.  Well that might do the job since the error indicated that there is problem in the registry.  So I followed carefully the following steps :


1. Click Start, then Run, type REGEDT and click OK.

2. Locate and then remove the following registry values:




3. Close Registry Editor.

4. Reboot the system for the changes to take effect.


After rebooting, I started the windows explorer, and what do you know?!! I got my DVD drive back.  Praise the Lord!


I inserted a CD and it is reading well.  I guess I have resolved my missing DVD mystery.


This is recorded for my future reference and also for anyone who faced the same problem I have.

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