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DVD drive not being recognized

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Sorry for starting another topic but none of the other advice is helping.

I have an HP 6646 laptop computer with Vista that the DVD+RW has stopped working a few times (I waited it out until there were hardware issues and sent it in under the warranty). I just got my computer back after getting the motherboard replaced and the dvd drive worked long enough to install all my programs but now is not working again.

I'm sick of system restore and installing everything again and I'm hoping someone has a solution.

Here's what I've done.

I've deleted the upperfilters, there were no lowerfilters to delete.

Possible solutions:
1. Uninstall the drive through Device Manager.
~The drive is not listed in device manager
2. Microsoft fix
~I installed windows powershell Fixit but it didn't find the dvd drive to fix it.
3. Download, and run Restore Missing CD Drive patch
~I used the cdgone patch and the drive still isn't being recognized.
4. Go to Device Manager, click a "+" sign next to IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers.
~There are no ATA Channels to uninstall in the IDE ATA/ATAPI Controllers

any suggestions?
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