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My CD/DVD Drive Disappears!


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Hexzar

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Ok i dont exactly know for sure how this problem started, but i remember connecting a 1gig usb stick into my computer, after that my cd/dvd drive went funny.

I have a:
IBM T23 Laptop - 512mb ram - 1.13mghz

Basically, when i open up my cd/dvd drive, whether i put in a cd or not, as soon as i press the close button, the cd/dvd drive closes, but then all of a sudden i hear a "disconnect" sound, like when your disconnecting your usb this sound comes up. So now i check, and my cd/dvd drive is no where listed, it isn't in the folders menu, it isn't even listed in device manager!

I have to reboot my computer to be able to SEE the drive again. But as soon as i open and close, it messes up big time.

I did this test, where i opened up the device manager properties, for when the cd/dvd drive is listed. I opened and closed the drive, so i disconnects and goes missing. And i looked at the properties which was still open, and it gave me this error message -

"Currently, this hardware device is not connected to the computer (Code 45)

To fix this problem, reconnect this hardware device to the computer"


I really dont know what to do.. and how this problem just occurs... any assistance is hugely appreciated.
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Check the cable connections on the back of the drive. There's a chance you might have jostled one of them when you were installing the ram, jsut enough to make the connection shaky when it gets moved (opening the drive).
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So i gotta open up my laptop, and just make sure the plugs are slotted in correctly?
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But i dont see how the ram could have done this. I didn't touch the ram ever since i got my laptop. This just happened today... a few hours ago...

It appears in the folders listing when i reboot... but when i open it up and close it... then it disappears.. and disconnects.

Maybe it goes loose... after i've ejected it... but how am i suppose to put it all tightly into place again?
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hexzar, I made a mistake. I completely missed the part of your post where you said it was a laptop. I was giving you an answer as though you had a desktop system.

A lot of optical drives just push into the laptop. See if its sticking out at all and gently put it back in if thats the case. Otherwise really not sure what else could be doing it.
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i dont know it's really weird. Right now this is the scenario -

If i open up my cd/dvd drive then close it, it's fine.
If i open it up, and put a cd in it, then it disapears, and the whole hardrive disconnects from the computer for some reason.

The only way to play a cd is to put it in, then reboot... and that's how it can read it...

So weird... and i cant think what could possibly causing the problem.
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