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Here is my Computer Specs

Toshiba Satellite A105
Intel Core 2 T5500 1.66HGHz
1028mb Ram

Windows XP Media Center Edition SP2

TO get down to the skivvy. My dvd drive doesnt show up in Windows XP although I can boot CD/DVDs from it before the OS will load. What happened is a few days ago I come home turn on the computer and the CD Drive was missing after some point. The only thing I can think of is I installed a new game it didnt work and then I uninstalled. After that the CD drive seemed to have disappeared. So today I just got through reinstalling windows xp with the OEM cds that came with my laptop. As soon as the laptop showed up I went to My Computer and it still isnt there. Does anyone know what I can do to get windows XP to see my CD/DVD drive?
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Try one of these:
1. http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060
or...
2. Download, and run Restore Missing CD Drive patch
Double click on downloaded file, and allow registry merge.
or...
3. Go to Device Manager, click a "+" sign next to IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
You'll see two items:
- ATA Channel0 (or Primary Channel)
- ATA Channel1 (or Secondary Channel)
Right click on each of them, and click Uninstall. Confirm.
Restart Windows. They'll be automatically reinstalled.
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Ok I went to the microsoft page and tried to follow the onscreen help and the advanced instructions and it looks like I dont have the UpperFilters and LowerFilters in the registry so it doesnt seem like it can work from that source.

I tried the CD Gone, I clicked on the RegEdit, then merged the other one like the readme file said. Still didnt show up.

And I tried the Device Manager you suggested as well and restarted the computer as well. It gave me a message box that said "Windows has finished installing the software needed for the hardware would you like to restart now?" or something of the like and I clicked yes. It restarts and still no CD Drive showing up under My Computer.
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Is it listed in Device Manager?

Edited by Broni, 12 December 2008 - 11:27 PM.

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No it isnt listed in there at all.
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Edited by Broni, 12 December 2008 - 11:59 PM.

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Try to remove the drive from the laptop. Put it back.
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Ok I cant seem to find a screwdriver tonight. I will hit it first thing in the morning and hit back the results. Thank you for your help that you're giving me!
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You're welcome :)
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Ok Im not used to fixing hardware with laptop moreso desktops it took me a while to find out there was a metal bracket that I can push down on after removing the secure screw. But to get straight to the point that worked! I dont know what happened that BIOS could see it and Windows couldnt. But once again I would like to say thank you Broni for your help. Kudos and fame to you.
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Great news! :)
We can't be sure 100%, but most likely some contact(s) got oxidized, and the connection was lost.
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