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Pavilon CD writer driver

Hi,

the driver for the CD writer in my (old) HP Pavilon has "gone missing"... probably on removal of the (dreaded) Norton anti-virus software. I am finding it difficult to locate a driver that will make this device work again. The model number is LG CD-RW CED-8083B.

Help!

Andrew.
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Hi Rindi & Thinkpads_User,

sorry, I should have mentioned that I am running Windows XP. Rindi, I can boot up with the CD driver, it is not broken. In desperation I put the HP 'recover' disk in the drive, in the hope that I could locate the driver on it. Although there was a folder called 'drivers' on disc 2 it was not obvious that there was one for the CD drive. Thinkpads_User, although I haven't messed with the registry I did remove the device and the hardware wizard did re-install it. Once the driver is there I get a yellow warning triangle next to it. If I try and update the driver the web search comes back with "there is no more up to date driver". I can open and eject CDs but the drive is 'invisible'. Why is this so hard? I have done this kind of thing many times before, but I just can't locate the right driver.

Another thing: the drive is in my home PC and I am at work; I can't try anything until this evening.

cheers,

Andrew.
According to this article, the registry address is the same for XP.

http://www.icompute.info/cd_drive_not_in_windows.htm

My DVD quit working in my current Thinkpad when it had Vista, and I deleted the High and Low filters as per the above, removed the device, restarted and let it reinstall and the DVD started working.

I am NOT a big fan of messing with the registry, but the key above is readily found. Look for it once with no intention to change, print out the steps, and then carefully try it. Here is that section of my own registry

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... Thinkpads_User
Ok Thinkpad_User... I'll give it a go tonight.

cheers,

Andrew.
Before removing the filters, also uninstall any packet writing software if you have any installed, or those tools might create those filters again. Examples for packet writing software is InCD (comes with Nero CD Burning software), or DirectCD (comes with roxio burning software). After removing any such tool reboot, and then remove the filters and reboot again.

As I mentioned earlier, CD/DVD drives don't require a separate driver for the OS (at least not for XP and later OS's).
is this a desktop?  if so remove and inspect all the cables and connections
for a laptop, you can do the same ; it requires 1 screw to remove the cd drive

cjeck if this fixit helps :  http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982116
Hi Thinkpads-User,

it worked a treat! After removing the filters (both were present) and the driver, I powered off then on and went straight to Device Manager. At first no CD drive was shown, then the screen refreshed once, twice  and I believe a third time and before my astonished eyes the CD drive appeared, complete with a working driver! No need to invoke the New Hardware Wizard. What exactly happened here? As mentioned, I tried removing the driver before with no success. What do the "filters" actually do?

Rindi, thanks for your help. I didn't read your latest post until this morning so if there was any 'packet writing' software present I didn't disable it.

Nobus: too late I'm afraid.

cheers,

Andrew.
@zacsmith said "it worked a treat!"   -  Hey!  Thank you!  I am glad that worked. It has worked for me, and so I hoped it would for you as well. I was happy to help you with this.

.... Thinkpads_User
The filters are usually put there by packet writers, and they then take over controlling the drive. This can confuse the OS though and cause the issues you had. Removing the filters gives control back to the OS.