Reader’s Contest – TroubleFixer of The Week – CD or DVD drive not visible in My Computer

by Abhishek Bhatnagar on July 3, 2008

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Trouble:

Hello Readers, this is second part of our TroubleFixer of The Week series. The rules remain same as the previous contest.

 

Contest trouble of the week is :

 

 

My CD / DVD drive does not appear in My Computer with other drives. What could be the reason? How to fix this trouble?

 

 

 

CD DVD drive not visible

So if you know the fix, leave it through a comment below. Waiting for your comments ( fixes )!

 

Updated on 12th July 2008:

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Lets see the best fix.

Fix:

Thanks Pavan from www.techpavan.com .The best solution is provided by him.

The Fix is:

 

1. One possible reason may be the IDE cable/ power cable not plugged properly. That can be fixed by pressing the cable into the drive.

 

2. The second may be due to some misconfiguration in the registry caused by some software. For such case, the following values can be copied to notepad, and saving the file as a .reg file and merging it with the registry.

REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}]
“UpperFilters”=-
“LowerFilters”=-

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdr4_2K]

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdralw2k]

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdudf]

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UdfReadr]

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{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

Pavan Kumar July 3, 2008 at 4:34 pm

Hi,
One possible reason may be the IDE cable/ power cable not plugged properly. That can be fixed by pressing the cable into the drive.

The second may be due to some misconfiguration in the registry caused by some software. For such case, the following values can be copied to notepad, and saving the file as a .reg file and merging it with the registry.


REGEDIT4

[HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}]
“UpperFilters”=-
“LowerFilters”=-

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdr4_2K]

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdralw2k]

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdudf]

[-HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UdfReadr]

HAppy Earl Philip July 3, 2008 at 6:25 pm

try to replace your IDE cable connected to your cd/dvd drive…

try to install it correctly and then check your BIOS set up if it detects your cd/dvd drive…

i hope it works…

Anmol July 3, 2008 at 9:21 pm

try to replace your IDE cable connected to your cd/dvd drive…

Or

May be ur system infected by virus so please reinstall fresh copy of windows

Rajat Gupta July 4, 2008 at 6:12 am

Assuming the IDE cables are appropriately connected, the simplest way is(though you need Admin rights for this)
1. Right click on My Computer
2. goto Manage
3. click Device Manager
4. click on + sign besides DVD/CD ROM Drives
5. then right click on dvd/cd drive that is installed and click Enable
The drive will appear in My Computer. :)

ShellB July 11, 2008 at 5:21 am

back up and restore the registry in Windows
Log on to Windows by using an account that has administrator rights and permissions. Then, follow these steps.
Step 1: Start Registry Editor
Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK. Registry Editor starts.
Step 2: Delete the UpperFilters registry entry
1. In Registry Editor, expand My Computer, and then expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
2. Expand SYSTEM, and then expand CurrentControlSet.
3. Expand Control, and then expand Class.
4. Under Class, click {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}.
5. In the right pane (topic area), click UpperFilters.

Note An UpperFilters.bak registry entry may also appear. To delete the UpperFilters registry entry, you must click UpperFilters and not UpperFilters.bak.
6. On the Edit menu, click Delete.
7. When you receive the following message, click Yes to confirm the deletion of the UpperFilters registry entry:
Are you sure you want to delete this value?
The UpperFilters registry entry is removed from the {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} registry subkey.

Note Do not exit Registry Editor. You must have this program for the next step.
Step 3: Delete the LowerFilters registry entry
1. In Registry Editor, expand My Computer, and then expand HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE.
2. Expand SYSTEM, and then expand CurrentControlSet.
3. Expand Control, and then expand Class.
4. Under Class, click {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}.
5. In the right pane (topic area), click LowerFilters.

Note An LowerFilters.bak registry entry may also appear. To delete the LowerFilters registry entry, you must click LowerFilters and not LowerFilters.bak.
6. On the Edit menu, click Delete.
7. When you receive the following message, click Yes to confirm the deletion of the LowerFilters registry entry:
Are you sure you want to delete this value?
The LowerFilters registry entry is removed from the {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} registry subkey.
8. Exit Registry Editor.

Step 4: Restart the computer
If a CD recording program no longer works after you restart the computer, you must reinstall the CD recording program

ShellB July 11, 2008 at 5:46 am

Simple fix to try.

Go into Device Manager,
Remove/Uninstall the CD drive, Reboot to let Windows pick it up again.

Murtaza July 22, 2008 at 9:22 pm

1) The problem may be due to IDE cable not plugged properly. OR
the power cable not plugged properly. This may be solved by plugging it properly.

2) Other could be the registry file may be corrupted by the viruses or spyware. This could b solved by installing latest anti-virus or anti-spyware.

3) check the BIOS the cd-rom or dvd-rom may be disabled.

4) other reason could b of jumper setting.Make sure that both devices on IDE cable is not master or both is not slave.

5) check the device in device manager and enable it, if disabled.

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