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Hi everyone, I've suddenly loss access to my CD-Rom drive. In My Computer, I have access to C: and D: but not to E: (my CD-Rom) anymore. How do I get access back? It was working just yesterday.
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Run this

http://www.geekstogo...=download&id=15

The popular CDGONE patch. CD drives may vanish in Windows Explorer, Device Manager, etc. if a third-party CD-burning package has been uninstalled and Registry references for some code modules aren?t removed successfully. This patch and a reboot usually will restore the missing drives. Any third party package still required will then have to be re-installed.
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Or you could try rebooting your computer and see if that fixes it. Check the Device Manager to see if it's indicating any problems with it. Uninstall the driver in device manager and rebooting. Check to make sure the power cable and IDE cables are securely connected. Try a different molex connector...
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Neither rebooting, nor CD GONE had any effect. There doesn't seem to be anything wrong in Device Manager either, except there's still no reference to a CD-ROM in there. I've tried adding it by doing a hardware change scan, but itstead of detecting a CD-ROM drive, it keeps on saying a "printer" is detected. The weird thing is, I don't have a printer connected to this computer anymore.
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Click start then all programmes, accessories, system tools to run disc clean up, then also from system tools, run disc defragmenter

Click start then run, type prefetch then press enter, click edit then select all, (all files will highlight), right click any file, click delete, confirm then reboot.

Download, install and run
Tune Up 2006 Trial

Run Tune Up disc clean up

Run Tune Up registry clean up

Click Optimize and Improve to run Reg Defrag, the screen will lose colour during the process which can take a few minutes and then needs a reboot

Those will have cleared the drive of obsolete software errors

These are suggestions for making the most of the free trial

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to optimize the computer, select computer with an internet connection from the drop down menu, this also requires a reboot

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to accelerate downloads, select the speed just above your actual connection speed, this requires a reboot.

After the reboot, click optimize then system optimizer to run system advisor


Check the printer drivers and software have been removed, use search including hidden and system files
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Although Tune Up "tuned up" my system a bit, it didn't really have any effect on the problems. I searched all folders (even the hidden ones) and deleted every file that started with "HP" (the previous printer was from Hewlett Packard). The Add Hardware Wizard continues to pop up for no reason, and still no CD-ROM.
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When the wizard pops up, run it and choose installed the software, after this runs, look for a box with do not prompt me again
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I've tried that already. It still comes back after each reboot.
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Is the drive even getting power? Any lights? Can you open the drive? How old is your computer? On some older machines I've seen molex plugs go bad. Simply switching it with another molex plug fixed the problem? Try another IDE cable if you have an extra one...
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Is the drive even getting power? Any lights? Can you open the drive? How old is your computer? On some older machines I've seen molex plugs go bad. Simply switching it with another molex plug fixed the problem? Try another IDE cable if you have an extra one...
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Ok, I think the CD-ROM is back working again.

Although having said that, the add new hardware wizard problem is still here.
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Have you got any files called lexbe
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No, doesn't look like it. I searched on explorer for all files (including hidden and system folders) for "lexbe" in any part of the file name but got no hits.
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When the wizard pops up, choose install, install from specified location and then have disk to see what it is trying to install
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