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cd player not showing up in windows 7 Computer

The cd player will not show up in my computer.  replugged it in and still wont come up.
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Mark O'Brien
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dbruntonCommented:
Try the suggestions in the following Microsoft article http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060/

Most problems of this type can be solved by using the Fixit in the article or the registry editing methods.
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Gajendra RathodCommented:
Check CD player has power connect working by opening the CD tray.

Please change the power connection of CD player.
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VB ITSSpecialist ConsultantCommented:
You probably have a network drive that has taken the drive letter that the CD player is getting automatically assigned by Windows. First thing to check though is if the CD drive appears in Disk Management:

- Open Computer Management through Control Panel > Administrative Tools
- Expand Storage then click on Disk Management
- Can you see the CD player on the right pane? It should show up as CD-ROM 0
- If the CD player doesn't have a drive letter assigned to it, right click on it and then click Change Drive Letter or Paths...
- Follow the wizard to assign a drive letter
- Now check Explorer to see if the CD player is there

You'll want to verify the basics covered by the above comments as well.
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try the following steps:

1. Close down all open programs
2. Open regedit.exe with Run as Administrator
3. Navigate to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\... .…{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
4. There should be one of, or both of, UpperFilters and LowerFilters
5. Click on UpperFilters, Edit Delete
6. Click on LowerFilters, Edit Delete
7. Close down regedit trees and close regedit
8. Open Device Manager and Uninstall DVD / CD Drive
9. Shut Down
10. Restart and DVD / CD Drive should come back with auto discover


I have used these step to successfully get a DVD drive working again.
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nobusCommented:
if it does not show in disk manager, it can be a faulty cd drive, or cable
swap them, or use another connector on motherboard
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
I tried several things and the new cable seemed to work best.  Does anyone else have issues of these sata data cables going out?  Is it the connector on the board?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Cables themselves rarely go bad, but connectors do go bad. A bad connector at the DVD could cause this.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Do they need to be cleaned or something?
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Is there a way to add something to the board to give different sata connectors?
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John HurstBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Cable connectors usually just need re-seating unless broken or otherwise defective.
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dbruntonCommented:
You can add a SATA card such as http://www.amazon.com/Vantec-6-Port-SATA-Host-Card/dp/B002PX9BX2

Note that this was just a quick look and grab.  Other products do exist.
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nobusCommented:
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
This would have to be internal headers extensions.

Nobus, the one I replaced was a locking clip
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nobusCommented:
all types can go bad - and there are several different qualities around
some are very snug fitting; some rather loose
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
You got that right.
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
how does one find the "good" quality cables?
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nobusCommented:
you can look at the reviews on the net - other than that, use your own judgment (cheap = not the best in most cases, while "gold plated" does not mean the best either)
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
ok
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Mark O'BrienDispatch Software Support and Server AdministrationAuthor Commented:
Thanks techs!
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