WinXP won't detect DVD-ROM and DVD+/-RW any more

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I just re-installed Windows XP Pro today to fix the
slowdown in Internet Explorer 6 after installing one of
the SP2 updates... I did a clean system installation,
first wiping the drive and then installing Windows from
my CDs.

Everything was working great until I restarted a couple
times after performing routine application installations
and suddenly the process of getting into Windows hung a
little bit longer than usual and, to my dismay, once I
was in I found that my DVD-ROM drive and my DVD+/-RW
drive were no longer being detected by Windows.

Drive C, D, and E were still there (my hard drives) ...
and trusty old drive A was there ... but Windows could no
longer pick up my F or G drives (my two cd-rom drives).

I did some research, and found that the VIA drivers for
my IDE channel sometimes caused this problem ... so I
swapped them for the standard drivers that came with
Windows (as recommended) ... and rebooted. Windows says
that it has installed the drives, but neither of them are
showing up in My Computer. I checked in the Device
Manager, and there is nothing there either ... not even
the CD-ROM Drives bullet item.

No one anywhere has a solid answer posted as to what I
can do to fix this issue. Everyone says that the drives
must be bad. They can't be ... I was using them in this
system in the exact same configuration yesterday and
everything was fine ... I even mounted the drives with
the same cables in different systems today to make sure
that they still worked (and they did).

I am so frustrated right now that I'm forced to leave my
problem in your hands. Please, someone have the answer...

Asus A7M266 Mainboard
Latest BIOS Revision - 1007

Pioneer 16x DVD-ROM Drive
Lite-On LDW-411S DVD+/-RW Drive
__________________________________________________
Scott
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  1. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    CHeck when your computer is booting up that it shows
    whether the drives are being detected(slave/ master). You
    can try disconnecting the drives (both or one at a time)
    and load windows then reboot and reconnect them to see if
    windows detects them. If you say the drives are still in
    perfect condition then just give the computer a good old
    format and reinstall windows. It may be, what i have
    dubbed, a "windows has gone stupid" problem.
    >-----Original Message-----
    >I just re-installed Windows XP Pro today to fix the
    >slowdown in Internet Explorer 6 after installing one of
    >the SP2 updates... I did a clean system installation,
    >first wiping the drive and then installing Windows from
    >my CDs.
    >
    >Everything was working great until I restarted a couple
    >times after performing routine application installations
    >and suddenly the process of getting into Windows hung a
    >little bit longer than usual and, to my dismay, once I
    >was in I found that my DVD-ROM drive and my DVD+/-RW
    >drive were no longer being detected by Windows.
    >
    >Drive C, D, and E were still there (my hard drives) ...
    >and trusty old drive A was there ... but Windows could
    no
    >longer pick up my F or G drives (my two cd-rom drives).
    >
    >I did some research, and found that the VIA drivers for
    >my IDE channel sometimes caused this problem ... so I
    >swapped them for the standard drivers that came with
    >Windows (as recommended) ... and rebooted. Windows says
    >that it has installed the drives, but neither of them
    are
    >showing up in My Computer. I checked in the Device
    >Manager, and there is nothing there either ... not even
    >the CD-ROM Drives bullet item.
    >
    >No one anywhere has a solid answer posted as to what I
    >can do to fix this issue. Everyone says that the drives
    >must be bad. They can't be ... I was using them in this
    >system in the exact same configuration yesterday and
    >everything was fine ... I even mounted the drives with
    >the same cables in different systems today to make sure
    >that they still worked (and they did).
    >
    >I am so frustrated right now that I'm forced to leave my
    >problem in your hands. Please, someone have the
    answer...
    >
    >Asus A7M266 Mainboard
    >Latest BIOS Revision - 1007
    >
    >Pioneer 16x DVD-ROM Drive
    >Lite-On LDW-411S DVD+/-RW Drive
    >__________________________________________________
    >Scott
    >
    >.
    >
  2. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Hi,

    Jason Tsang MVP wrote:

    Goto http://www.aumha.org/a/xpcd.php#problems
    See the second "problem" (read the caveats)
    Run the provided registry patch

    That should fix your problem (basically, a filter driver is missing or non-operational, the registry patch will delete the filter drivers references for your cdrom(s))


    Basically, the reg file from above carries out the steps displayed at this website in addition to removing some drivers that may have been used by older versions of Easy CD Creator that are known to cause problems with WinXP.

    CD-ROM Access Is Missing and Messages Cite Error Code 31, Code 32, Code 19, or Code 39 After You Remove Easy CD Creator in Windows XP
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?scid=kb;[LN];q314060

    Hope it helps.

    Peter



    ----- Scott wrote: -----

    I just re-installed Windows XP Pro today to fix the
    slowdown in Internet Explorer 6 after installing one of
    the SP2 updates... I did a clean system installation,
    first wiping the drive and then installing Windows from
    my CDs.

    Everything was working great until I restarted a couple
    times after performing routine application installations
    and suddenly the process of getting into Windows hung a
    little bit longer than usual and, to my dismay, once I
    was in I found that my DVD-ROM drive and my DVD+/-RW
    drive were no longer being detected by Windows.

    Drive C, D, and E were still there (my hard drives) ...
    and trusty old drive A was there ... but Windows could no
    longer pick up my F or G drives (my two cd-rom drives).

    I did some research, and found that the VIA drivers for
    my IDE channel sometimes caused this problem ... so I
    swapped them for the standard drivers that came with
    Windows (as recommended) ... and rebooted. Windows says
    that it has installed the drives, but neither of them are
    showing up in My Computer. I checked in the Device
    Manager, and there is nothing there either ... not even
    the CD-ROM Drives bullet item.

    No one anywhere has a solid answer posted as to what I
    can do to fix this issue. Everyone says that the drives
    must be bad. They can't be ... I was using them in this
    system in the exact same configuration yesterday and
    everything was fine ... I even mounted the drives with
    the same cables in different systems today to make sure
    that they still worked (and they did).

    I am so frustrated right now that I'm forced to leave my
    problem in your hands. Please, someone have the answer...

    Asus A7M266 Mainboard
    Latest BIOS Revision - 1007

    Pioneer 16x DVD-ROM Drive
    Lite-On LDW-411S DVD+/-RW Drive
    __________________________________________________
    Scott
  3. Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.hardware (More info?)

    Scott wrote:
    > I just re-installed Windows XP Pro today to fix the
    > slowdown in Internet Explorer 6 after installing one of
    > the SP2 updates... I did a clean system installation,
    > first wiping the drive and then installing Windows from
    > my CDs.
    >
    > Everything was working great until I restarted a couple
    > times after performing routine application installations
    > and suddenly the process of getting into Windows hung a
    > little bit longer than usual and, to my dismay, once I
    > was in I found that my DVD-ROM drive and my DVD+/-RW
    > drive were no longer being detected by Windows.
    >
    > Drive C, D, and E were still there (my hard drives) ...
    > and trusty old drive A was there ... but Windows could no
    > longer pick up my F or G drives (my two cd-rom drives).
    >
    > I did some research, and found that the VIA drivers for
    > my IDE channel sometimes caused this problem ... so I
    > swapped them for the standard drivers that came with
    > Windows (as recommended) ... and rebooted. Windows says
    > that it has installed the drives, but neither of them are
    > showing up in My Computer. I checked in the Device
    > Manager, and there is nothing there either ... not even
    > the CD-ROM Drives bullet item.
    >
    > No one anywhere has a solid answer posted as to what I
    > can do to fix this issue. Everyone says that the drives
    > must be bad. They can't be ... I was using them in this
    > system in the exact same configuration yesterday and
    > everything was fine ... I even mounted the drives with
    > the same cables in different systems today to make sure
    > that they still worked (and they did).
    >
    > I am so frustrated right now that I'm forced to leave my
    > problem in your hands. Please, someone have the answer...
    >
    > Asus A7M266 Mainboard
    > Latest BIOS Revision - 1007
    >
    > Pioneer 16x DVD-ROM Drive
    > Lite-On LDW-411S DVD+/-RW Drive

    Do NOT be afraid of the registry hack here.
    It is SAFE and has helped MANY people.
    Respect the registry, don't fear it.

    1) Log on with Administrative Privileges

    2) Open the Registry Editor:
    a) Go to Start then select Run.
    b) Type regedit and click OK.

    3) Backup you registry by:
    a) Highlight My Computer by clicking on it once.
    b) Click File (Windows XP) or Registry (Windows 2000), then Export
    Registry File.
    c) Select export range All; to ensure your entire registry is backed up
    completely.
    d) Select where you would like to save this backup, name the File, and
    Click on the SAVE button.

    4) Remove the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values:
    a) Go to
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\
    {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
    b) Highlight this key by left clicking on it once.
    c) On the right hand side delete the values Upperfilters and Lowerfilters.

    5) Restart your computer.


    Or try this:

    http://www.dougknox.com/

    Select 'Windows Utilities' and scroll down to 'Restore CD/DVD drives to
    Windows Explorer.'
    Perhaps his utility will do the trick. =)

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