cd drives have gone missing

  lee lloyd 17:03 09 Mar 2006

can anybody help both of my drives have gone missing and are not visible anymore in my computer or device manager.have downloaded xp boot diskes as a last resort but they fail and tell me no drives available.have checked all cables and ok

  absent 17:13 09 Mar 2006

Have you recently installed any new burning software?

  strech 17:23 09 Mar 2006

down load the drivers for your cd roms and istall

  Stuartli 17:29 09 Mar 2006

Optical drives use the basic Windows CDROM driver which is installed automatically when the drive(s) is/are installed and the system rebooted.

Their use, for instance, as a rewriter is controlled by a burning program such as Nero.

lee lloyd

Check if the drives are listed in Device Manager in Safe Mode - if they are then, despite your checks, a loose connection or connections is still the most likely cause.

Another possiblity is a damaged IDE cable.

  lee lloyd 19:27 09 Mar 2006

sorry guys the drives are not listed in device manager in safe mode,ive just reinstalled nero to see if that helped but just the same

  Fruit Bat /\0/\ 19:33 09 Mar 2006

Uninstall and reinstall secondary IDE controller in device manager.

  lee lloyd 09:33 10 Mar 2006

sorted it guys thanks for the help just unplugged the drives and reinstalled them and it sorted it itself

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