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Still have missing cd/dvd roms but have extra drive now...help!

Hello Again!

Still have missing cd/dvd roms but have extra drive letter G that isn't anything if you click on it it will pop up and say "The disk in drive G is not formatted. Do you want to format it now?"

This is a 166 mhz 500 ram running XP Pro...I think I have that rrright and I thank you for your time...I hope someone can help me.

Thank You,

GeeBloo,
Greta
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zsabbasiCommented:
The best i can advice is just shut down pc, remove controller cable (IF cd and dvd on same controllers) and switch them, this will refresh reinstall drivers and redetect them (also try to detect the drives in BIOS. Other than that if u never made any change to the hardware Motherboard is a suspect.
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zsabbasiCommented:
also is the G drive showing as CD. What kind of icon it has?
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crazijoeCommented:
Check to see if the drive is listed in Disk Management.
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David WallCommented:
I dont think you will be running XP on a 166Mhz machine, as far as I know it wont load...... Maybe a 500mhz with 160mb ram.

As before check the bios to make sure drives recognised, you may need to check that the drives are jumpered correctly, if you have two drives on one cable the jumpers on the drives need to be setup so you either have one drive setup as master and the other as slave, or both as cable select.  

The other thing to try and locate the missing area is to disconnect the cd\dvd drives and see if the g: drive is still present.

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GeeBloomAuthor Commented:
I meant 500 mhz...how do I do the bios? does that assign a drive letter to cd rom etc.?
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crazijoeCommented:
In WinXP you go into Disk Management to change drive letters.
>> Start > right click My Computer > Manage > Disk Management >>
You can change the Drive Letter by right clicking the appropriate drive in the right pane
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David WallCommented:
To get into the BIos you need to press soemthing like del or f2 at boot up, also on some machines you may see the bios find drives at start up, be careful going into the BIOS as you can stop a machine working, try and find some help on this , someone here may want to walk you through altering the bios on your machine.

What it does is enable the drive
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RimscorpCommented:
BIOS TWEEKING END USERS = BAD NEWS
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sciwriterCommented:
GeeBloom -- the extra drive is telling you something.  Right click my computer, properties, hardware tab, device manager button.  In device manager, in the menu options at the top, click "Show hidden devices" -- look for anything you had on your system that is no longer there -- old CDs or hard disks.  If you find something, delete it/them.  If they are still there, XP will find them again when you reboot.

It is also possible that one of these CDs is just plain defective.  Try removing them one by one when the system is off, then reboot each time, see if the problem goes away.  If so, the CD you removed for that session is possibly bad.  Also check the jumpering on the back of each CD -- only ONE master device (CD or hard disk) PER data cable.
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tmj883Commented:
CD-Rom or DVD Disappeared

Remove the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values completely from the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

Click Start, Run and enter REGEDIT Go to the branch indicated above, locate the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values. Right click each and select Delete.

If you desire, you can right click on the {4D36E965..........} branch and select Export. This will create a REG file that can be re-imported should you find a need to.

You may also want to delete the following 4 Registry keys, as per the instructions above:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdr4_2K
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdralw2k
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\Cdudf
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Services\UdfReadr


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RimscorpCommented:
REGISTRY TWEEKING END USERS = BAD NEWS
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crazijoeCommented:
<REGISTRY TWEEKING END USERS = BAD NEWS>

Very True
Backup up your registry before any attemp to modify it.
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GeeBloomAuthor Commented:
Hello...sorry I've been absent awhile,the G drive is showing up removable...unother bad thing it wont let us go back to a good restore point..........

GeeBloom
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GeeBloomAuthor Commented:
zsabbsi...DriveG is showing up as local drive nothing on it all free pspace.

crazijoe my drives aren't listed there or in explorer my dvd and cd rom used to be E and F
     now it says A floppy,C drive,d drive is like a back up drive with archives and such and there is that G local drive...I think maybe my roomate when He created D we lost E,F and got G somehow.

Walld- its been awhile since I been in the bios , I will check it I think I hit tab on boot.

As far as actually going inside the machine and doing any cable stuff, like I said before the machine was fine and hasn't been moved, both DVD and cd rom were fine I get a light on boot from cd rom I just can't find them listed anywhere but Device managerboth with ! by them.

Thanks all, I'm going to go download new drivers again go in device manager and try uninstall and reinstall first

Thanks,

GeeBloom
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David WallCommented:
GeeBloom

To enter the bios, watch the screen at startup, it can be tab , the delete key or maybe F2 or F10, it does usually say.  

Tread carefully if you find that all is ok exit without saving. So as no changes are made.
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