CD drive - lockout

  [DELETED] 14:01 25 Mar 2006

I do not have access to my CD drive although I have tried restoring it. I have tried Systems Restore which has not worked.

Obviously I need to re-install Windows - but how so can I do when I cannot access my CD drive to install it from the disk.

I run Windows XP Pro; have a Sony Vaio system with 512 MB / 80 GB HD.

  [DELETED] 14:04 25 Mar 2006

Not sure what yo mean by !do not have access" but you could try click here

  [DELETED] 14:20 25 Mar 2006

have you tryed uninstalling it and reinstalling it through device manager

  [DELETED] 14:51 25 Mar 2006

Tried the CD-DVD-Fix - nothin g happened on rebooting the computer. The drive wasn't restored.

  [DELETED] 14:53 25 Mar 2006

Have you checked the IDE cables are in plce firmly,does the cd drive show in device manager?
Try another cd drive,it may be the one you have has become faulty.

  [DELETED] 14:55 25 Mar 2006

Is this a laptop only some of the systems have a hidden partition with the recovery on it, do not need the discs if yours is so enabled.

  [DELETED] 14:57 25 Mar 2006

Not a laptop, Hertz - if someone told me where to find the device manager it might be a help to try that option.

  [DELETED] 15:02 25 Mar 2006

Control panel/system/hardware/device manager. Then uninstall from Cd rom drives

  [DELETED] 15:16 25 Mar 2006

When you find CD drive in "device manager" right click on it and select uninstall. Re-boot, Add new hardware wizard should pick it up guide you through install process, assuming the drive is working OK.

  [DELETED] 15:28 25 Mar 2006

Thanks to everyone - I ended up presing Help & Support in the Control Panel and ended up on a screen which allowed me to reinstall from a Deevide Manager button.

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