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Windows 7: Optical Drive not functioning

23 Jun 2011   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium - 64-Bit
Optical Drive not functioning

I have a Toshiba Satellite Laptop which is running Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit.
I don't know how long it has been since the DVD drive stop functioning.

Whenever I insert a factory DVD,CD, or even custom/ blanks my drive does not recognize the inserted device. For some reason, which I cant understand, the drive itself clocks, but the OS isn't recognizing anything. When I checked the drivers, it said they were up to date.

What can I do to have this function again?

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23 Jun 2011   #2

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Windows 7 x64

well let's see if the computer even recognizes the device (it may be physically damaged somehow)
open the device manager (control panel - system - device manager)
Find the cd/dvd device in the list (should appear under DVD/CD-rom drives)
Right click the device choose and choose uninstall.
You will want to reboot after uninstalling (the system may or may not prompt you to do so)
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23 Jun 2011   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-Bit

You might want to check the BIOS to see if the drive is recognised - the default setting is Auto-Detect.
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