CD & DVD writer swap-over

  jimforrest 19:03 28 Sep 2013

I have several laptops in various stages of dereliction (they don't last long do they) and I want to swap a working CD/DVD writer from one laptop to another. The units are identical except for the shaped plastic outer edge that is moulded to fit the particular laptop case. There are several screws holding the thing together but it looks as if the plastic outer face is moulded as part of the whole tray that the unit slides in and out on. Is this the case or does the front edge come off by itself? The particular unit that I want to replace can't 'see' CD's - is there a fix or should I replace it?

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 20:05 28 Sep 2013

No CD/DVD or CD-ROM access is missing error Code 19, Code 31, Code 32, Code 39, or Code 41 Try this if the optical drives are not appearing in My Computer or Device Manager. (This is sometimes caused by the removal of Roxio or other writing software.)

click here and save this file to your hard drive. Navigate to where you saved it and double click the file to extract the contents. Locate the EXE file you extracted and double click it. A confirmation dialog will appear when the script is done. You may need to reboot for the change to take effect. This utility is only intended for Windows® XP, but also appears to work for Vista and Windows 7. You may need Administrator level access to use this utility. If you do not have Administrator level access, the program will say it is finished, but will not have made any changes.

Similar fixes click here works for W7 Vista or XP click here manual fix Run regedit and navigate to registry key HKEYLOCALMACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\ {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}. Highlight it and in the right pane, find the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values. Highlight each one in turn, right click and delete them. Close regedit and restart the computer. If in doubt make a restore point before making changes.

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  rdave13 21:43 28 Sep 2013

If Fruit Bat /\0/\ 's suggestion doesn t work have a look at youtube's tutorials on removing and installing optical drive. Search for your particular model.


  jimforrest 21:48 28 Sep 2013

Cheers Fruitbat - but the comp recognises the drive as D, but it seems unable to write to media. It is a DVD/CD writer. Should I try uninstalling it?

  jimforrest 01:42 29 Sep 2013

So I tried everything - Mr Fixit from Microsoft (waste of time), uninstalled it then re-installed it - all to no avail. So before I trashed it I decided to use the age old 'spit & polish' method. A drop of saliva (best cleaner in the world) on the end of my finger; a few rubs on the lens; a quick polish with a piece of toilet paper, and it worked! Wrote 2 DVD's straight off with no problem.

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 10:57 29 Sep 2013

Hardware rather than software problem then -

Glad its fixed :0)

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