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cd/dvd/floppy only recognized upon startup


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I have a Hewlett-Packard Pavillion 8670c running WinXP, 600MHz Pentium III, 256MB Ram, Award Medallion BIOS v. 6.0.
I have recently started having a problem where my floppy drive, CD-RW drive and DVD Rom drive will not recognize any new media inserted once the OS has started. For me to change disks, I have to insert it in the the appropriate drive and restart the computer (of course the floppy drive is a bigger problem since the system wants to run a system disk upon rebooting). The system will tell me the A, D or E drives are inaccessible (e.g. "E:\ is not accessible Incorrect Function"). I can put a disk in the drives and the drives attempt to access them, even going as far as to change the drives identification under My Computer from "CD-RW Drive (D:)" or "DVD Drive (E:)" to "CD Drive (D:)" or "(E:)" respectively after a brief two second activity with the hourglass icon popping up a couple of times. The Device Manager indicates the devices are operating properly and the drivers are up to date.
I can work around this problem, in most cases, by restarting the computer, but I can't install any software that requires me to swap disks.
Can someone help me, please? To everyone who responds, I thank you in advance!
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Have you tried to perform a system restore from before the problem began?
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Yes, I attempted to restore to an earlier point, but it didn't help.
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