DVD-RW drive not recognized under Windows XP

By on January 22, 2013 1:34:24 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

kona0197

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I have decided to start a new thread about this issue rather than further derail the other thread where we were talking about this.

I recently received a new DVD-RW drive courtesy of a friend here. After turning off the computer I removed the old drive. The old drive was the only IDE device on the system. I installed the new drive. The new drive uses the SATA interface.

After powering on the computer I went into the BIOS settings. BIOS confirms the new drive is connected. I am also able to boot of the new drive to bootable CDs and DVDs.

The problem is that Windows XP no longer says I have a DVD-RW drive. I only lists my hard drive and that's all under "My Computer". The new drive is plugged in correctly and runs just fine when I boot up a live Linux DVD. So I assume there is something that can fix this?

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January 22, 2013 3:12:47 AM from Sins of a Solar Empire Forums Sins of a Solar Empire Forums

it is most likely the sata controller's driver that needs to be re-installed/updated, at least that is what I would try first

harpo

 

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January 22, 2013 3:50:47 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Does it show up in device manager at all as a non functioning device, or problem device?

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January 22, 2013 3:56:05 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

If it was,you could maybe update from internet, might find what it needs. If not, I could send you xppro, but you will have seven and eight soon. Just offering suggestions anyway, luck .I don't know if doing an upgrade with your xp would help, but I thought you said you had a sata dvd before, maybe it was just the harddrive.

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January 22, 2013 4:09:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting harpo99999,
it is most likely the sata controller's driver that needs to be re-installed/updated, at least that is what I would try first

I doubt that is the problem. The SATA controller is working just fine. If it wasn't my hard drive would not work. The DVD-RW drive is plugged into the same controller.

Quoting doortech1,
Does it show up in device manager at all as a non functioning device, or problem device?

Neither. The DVD-RW drive does not show up at all even after a scan for new hardware. Funny thing is that the drive works fine under Linux so this has to be a Windows XP issue.

Quoting doortech1,
If it was,you could maybe update from internet, might find what it needs. If not, I could send you xppro, but you will have seven and eight soon. Just offering suggestions anyway, luck .I don't know if doing an upgrade with your xp would help, but I thought you said you had a sata dvd before, maybe it was just the harddrive.

I was hoping the DVD-RW drive would work for a game that I want to play that only works under XP. Thanks anyhow.

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January 22, 2013 5:42:47 AM from Elemental Forums Elemental Forums

look up mb drivers? with my old mb, win 7 didn't recognise a 2tb hdd (1 tb was ok) until i installed mb drivers from nvidia

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January 22, 2013 6:53:28 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/13477579/Unhide_All_drives.reg  Try adding this reg key first, then reboot.

If that doesn't do it, try the second one. I have used these before to fix this problem on XP.

 Sorry it took me so long to remember where I put them.

https://dl.dropbox.com/u/13477579/unhide.exe

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January 22, 2013 9:16:39 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

How do I add a registry key?

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January 22, 2013 9:33:04 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

simply double klicking the .reg file will do so.

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January 22, 2013 9:44:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Roloccolor,
simply double klicking the .reg file will do so.
Oops, I should have mentioned that, thanks Roloccolor.

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January 22, 2013 9:46:13 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

All I get when I click on your first link is a new Windows in Firefox that shows me the reg keys. No download.

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January 22, 2013 9:54:44 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

I just tried with iE and it gives me the save dialog. Try right clicking and save target as. I just tried that and it worked also.

 It is to my dropbox.

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January 22, 2013 9:57:59 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

did you try....

right click my computer in the start menu

choose Manage

under Storage, choose Disk Management

find the drive in the list

right click and assign a drive letter

 

 

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January 22, 2013 10:06:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Kona, go to WC in IE, just long enough to use Wiz's links.

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January 22, 2013 10:08:11 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting Lantec,
did you try....

right click my computer in the start menu

choose Manage

under Storage, choose Disk Management

find the drive in the list

right click and assign a drive letter

 

 

 

Yes, good idea. Also, while there, choose action, scan for new hardware at the top left.

 

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January 22, 2013 10:17:03 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

OK I used IE to download the registry files. Installed and rebooted. Checked and the DVD-RW drive still is not showing. I also tried the second fix with no success.

Quoting Lantec,
did you try....

right click my computer in the start menu

choose Manage

under Storage, choose Disk Management

find the drive in the list

right click and assign a drive letter

Disk Management does not show the DVD-RW drive, even after a scan for new hardware.

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January 22, 2013 10:20:32 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Well, other than a re-install of XP, I'm out of ideas.

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January 22, 2013 10:27:46 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Well just for the heck of it I rebooted the machine into Ubuntu Linux. After boot I popped in an old game DVD that I have. Came right up on the system and allowed me to browse the contents of the drive. So this has to be an XP issue.

No sense in a re-install of XP if all I am going to do is install Windows 7 here shortly on the new rig.

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January 22, 2013 10:32:42 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

You may install 7 now.  Or,

 

PM Yrag, if you dare......

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January 22, 2013 10:42:15 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

PM Yrag? No thanks. I am convinced that the guy doesn't like talking to me. On the other hand I bet he would know how to fix this.

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January 22, 2013 10:43:36 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting kona0197,
PM Yrag? No thanks. I am convinced that the guy doesn't like talking to me.

That's just Yrag's manner, he does it to everyone. 

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January 22, 2013 10:53:15 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Well I am sure he will be lurking. If he decides to chime in I would be grateful.

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January 22, 2013 10:53:26 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Make an ISO of the disc with imgburn and load it into a virtual drive using Daemon Tools.

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January 22, 2013 11:04:02 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Good suggestion. It would work if I had a working DVD-RW drive to read the disc with. Sadly the old DVD-RW drive will not read the disc.

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January 22, 2013 11:20:27 AM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Quoting kona0197,
Good suggestion. It would work if I had a working DVD-RW drive to read the disc with. Sadly the old DVD-RW drive will not read the disc.

 

 

I thought your girlfriend had a laptop.

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January 22, 2013 12:43:07 PM from WinCustomize Forums WinCustomize Forums

Yeah she does. Getting to use it is a different matter.

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