laptop cd rom drive not detected in laptop (due to malware virus?)

Hi about a month ago I think I had some malware on my laptop (running xp pro) , I ran several utilities that detected and cleaned some spyware on my laptop, (I always run super antispyware but it would not run any longer so I ran malwarebytes / search and destroy in safe mode, then deleted malware and reinstalled SAS and it now works again). I believe the infection is cleaned now.

But ever since then my drive D (cd rom drive) is missing, doesnt show up at all under MY COMPUTER. I hit the eject button and the drive ejects, so it does function. I decided to pull it out and install the drive in another laptop, where the other laptop detected the cd drive and successfully coppied files, so we know the drive works.

I dont got any restore points saved prior to the incident, I think the malware wiped them. I also hit add hardware and it still does not detect. any ideas?

also the laptop I am using is a dv 9000.
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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Does it show up in the BIOS?

Can you boot from it using a "live" distro of linux?

If you can boot from the optical drive then it would point to a driver/malware issue.  If you can NOT boot from your optical drive then it points to it being a hardware issue and the cd/dvd drive would need to be replaced.

If it is a driver/malware issue I'd suggest backing up your data, reinstalling Windows and applications then copy your data back.

As an aside...the dv9000 has an overheating issue and I won't use mine at all unless I have it on an air pad.
dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?Commented:
Try the Microsoft Fixit solution before anything else.

This presumes you are using Windows XP or Vista but there is a link for Windows 7 as well.

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Scott CSenior EngineerCommented:
Ah.  Good catch.  I forgot about that one.
Boot the laptop with the drive removed.
Power it off and remove its battery for 3+ minutes.
Replace the drive, then power it up and let it install the drive as new hardware.
As long as the drive is good as you seem to point out, it should now be installed and recognised by the laptop.
hydrive1902Author Commented:
thanks! the microsoft fix it worked!
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