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    My CDRW/DVD drive on my laptop has completely vanished. It does open, and when closed the CD does spin, but it is not shown on startup or in my computer. Any ideas of any possible causes and cures?

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    Try a different CD?
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    hey IVe got that same problem with my computer and Ive got no clue how to make it work, does the drives lights flash as if its readng it but then the aplication or whatver doesnt launch? Oh and does the drive icon show when ur in My Computer (assuming ur using windows)?

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    Nope, it doesn't show in my computer, and the drive doesn't have any lights on it as it is in my laptop.
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    Ha I have the exact same problem my friend hopefully we'll both get a solution

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    I am tempted to 'operate' on my laptop, but given my track record maybe it is not such a good idea . Plus I have never looked under the hood of a laptop before.

    Could it be a problem with the actual CD Drive lens?
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    It might be the lense.. It could also be a problem with your driver.. have you checked device manager?


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    What would I be looking for in device manager? There is no sign of my CD Drive even existing; doesn't show at startup, can't find it anywhere in Windows (XP).

    If the lens was knackered though, CDs just wouldn't work, right? I mean the actual drive would still show up?
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    Ahhh.. didnt notice you already stated that it wasnt even showing up at start up, in that case device manager will not do much for you..

    You might want to open 'er up and see if maybe your cd-rom is not victum of cable creep.. the process by witch the consent expanding and shrinking of components due to frequent alternating periods of heating and cooling causing cable connections to come loose..

    Also a scratched lense would not cause it to not be detected at start up, so I do not think that is it..

    Another possiable(but unlikley) culpurit might be your bios settings. Also I have had some success with similar problems reguarding hard drives in the past by reinstalling the bios.



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