I have a Windows 7 (other details below) and since Day 2, the DVD/CD rom drive has not worked, it only worked when we used it to set-up the computer on Day 1. (To give you an idea of how long it's been, as I am posting this it is about Day 480.) This disability wasn't much of a problem to me because I don't really use CDs (I'm more digital), until recently when I had a sudden craving to play Roller Coaster Tycoon. RCT only runs when there is a CD in the drive, but that is the problem when my CD drive doesn't work.
I looked in the Devise Manager and under the "DVD/CD-ROM Drives" my "HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH41N SCSI CdRom Devise" had the little yellow caution triangle in front of the icon. Right clicking it and selecting "Properties" shows:
A driver (service) for this device has been disabled. An alternate driver may be providing this functionality. (Code 32)
I didn't install any other drivers, so I don't understand this. I don't know how to find the drivers on my computer so I don't know how to enable the disabled driver that I never disabled. However, it is definitely a problem with the driver because my dad and I used Linux on a thumb drive and booted that, and it read the CD just fine. I am able to use the "Linux on a Stick" to move files from the CD to my computer, but this is a long and tedious process as I need to always switch to Linux to copy something from a CD, and I am unable to use the CD with Windows like playing RCT.
If anyone can help, I will be satisfied with two solutions:
1: How to get the driver to work so my CD drive will be recognised (by Windows)
2: How to get my games to run without needing the CD (don't worry, I have the physical copies) (though this is a little inappropriate to ask in a place like this) I think this is called a virtual drive, but no matter what I have tried I haven't figured out how to get one to work
I would prefer help on the first more than the second, but either is fine for me right now. My main goal here is to not spend a hundred dollars on another CD Drive (either internal or external) or to restore to factory settings.
My computer info:
OS: Windows 7, Home Premium, 64 Bit
Model: Acer Aspire X1301
Faulty driver: HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GH41N SCSI CdRom Devise driver (I don't know what it is).
Password: ***** (Yeah right)