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Hi Experts
I'm running winXP Pro, CD Rom & writer worked just fine till now, since yesterday
the OS doesn't see the CD Rom & writer, I go to device manager to see what happen and I notice that they are not even listed, no error message nothing they just disapeared.
I've unistalled Nero 6 + Clone CD which were my favourite burning software, went to XPsafe mode even there, there was no track of my Mitsumi 4804 burner and Pioneer 105 (slot in CD rom)

My external USB DVD burner is seen by device manager and works just fine.

Of course this always happens before you ghost your config!!
I really would like to get over this one without having to reinstall.

Thanks for your help, I've never seen anything like it.

lainss
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Thanks, but there are no improvement at all, besides device are IDE not SCSI.
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I would check the problem is not hardware, and that a bios setting or IDE cable hasn't become loose.  Usually when you powerup a computer, you can see some hardware that is attached (eg the processor type and spped, HDD, RAM and CDroms attached.  If you cannot see the CD rom information at this stage the problem is probably not related to the operating system (windows xP).  

HAs there been any hardware changes since the CDroms were actually working?

BIOS settings can be quite different between computers, most will detect a CDrom if it is set to auto.  I would doulble check the IDE cable for the CDrom drive isn't loose at the CDrom drives or the motherboard IDE connector.  Failing that, try disconnecting the CDrom and CDburner one at a time in case one of them has become faultly (if a IDE device on a IDE chain becomes faulty it can stop all devices on the chanel working).  Replacing the IDE cable may help if that is the source of the problem.

Regards

Anne
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