Occasionally my DVD player mysteriously stops working. (DVD's and CD's will not play, and the DVD player does not show up at all on the "my computer screen", even as empty, and sometimes disappears when empty, and also disappears from the device manager.)
Occasionally it will not show up when the computer is started, but often seems to disappear while the computer is on. (Sometimes while playing a DVD, though never so far when playing a computer game or music CD.) This has started happening only recently, while the computer (Which was bought with the DVD player already added), is close to a year old.
Operating system: Windows 7, 64 bit
DVD player: (It's disappeared as I type this, will restart at some point and add this to the thread.)
Does the dvd drive tray open, when its not recognize by device manager?
If so. Then id lean on the cable. Try a new ide or sata cable. Or try a different port for it on the motherboard.
If tray does not open. Then id try a different power plug from PSU. If that doesnt work.
Then id try what the other guy said. Re-install the driver.
Then if it still persists. Id just get a new DVD drive.