Please download the attached zip file and extract it's contents (right-click-->extract all).
Double-click the extracted file (xp_cd_dvd_fix.vbs) and reboot.
Please note: this fix will restore your cd-rom drive in 'My Computer' only if it's a Windows Registry issue.
It will not restore the drive if there are other issues causing the problem.
Don't forget to reboot after running the script file.
If it doesn't work, I would check that the cd-rom housing is pushed all the way home (not the drawer, it's outer casing).
My grandson's latop had this same problem. Turns out he'd recently dropped it a couple of feet onto a carpeted floor.
CD-drive disappeared from 'My Computer' and also would not read anything. I investigated and found the cd-rom casing
had come out slightly, just enough to disconnect partially from the contact pins at the back. I slackened the screws holding the cd-rom unit
in place, gave the unit a firm push inwards, tightened the screws and lo-and-behold it now works fine and it's back in 'My Computer'.
Just thought I should pass that on. If you don't feel comfortable doing that yourself, get an experienced friend to do it.
Edited by Grandad Phillip, 01 December 2008 - 08:33 AM.