For tray drives :
Sometimes they get stuck. There is a little hole on the front of the CD drive that you can stick a
paperclip in which will release the drive and allow it to open.
Create a Paperclip Drive Opener http://pcsupport.about.com/od/tipstricks/ht/ppdropen.htm
Open a CD/DVD drive with paperclip. http://www.josepino.com/?open_cd-dvd_paperclip
For other CD/DVD issues : References to Vista also apply to Windows 7.
Stage 1 : Please do all the below even if you have done some before as it is often the total
process which solves the issue.
Try this - Control Panel - Device Manager - CD/DVD - double click the device - Driver's Tab -
click Update Drivers (this will likely do nothing) - then RIGHT CLICK the drive - UNINSTALL -
REBOOT this will refresh the default driver stack. Even if drive is not shown continue
Then work your way through these - remember the drive could be bad, could have a loose
cable or slight corrosion on the contacts (usually for a laptop) and other issues.
Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060
- a Mr Fixit
Manually try this fix if the 314060 Fixit did not work http://www.pchell.com/hardware/cd_drive_error_code_39.shtml
Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs -
a Mr Fixit http://support.microsoft.com/kb/982116
The DVD drive does not function after you install Windows 7 http://support.microsoft.com/kb/975270/
The CD drive or the DVD drive does not work as expected on a computer that you upgraded to
Windows Vista http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929461
When you insert a CD or a DVD, Windows Vista may not recognize the disc http://support.microsoft.com/kb/939052
Your CD or DVD drive cannot read or write media - A Mr Fixit http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cd_dvd_drive_problems
CD/DVD drive does not appear in Windows Vista, or you receive this error during Windows Vista
setup after booting from the DVD (AHCI) http://support.microsoft.com/kb/952951
CD-R drive or CD-RW drive is not recognized as a recordable device http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316529/
Hardware devices not detected or not working - A Mr Fixit http://support.microsoft.com/gp/hardware_device_problems
Another possibility is that the cables are loose. Remove ALL power, then check cables in both
ends. Remove and replace, do not just snug. For laptops you can often clean the power and
data contacts with a pencil eraser.
Some DVD drives do not use the Windows default drivers so check with the System maker and
device maker to see if there is firmware or drivers for you drive if needed.
Stage 2 : You could have drive issues as the CD/DVD is actually 4 drives in 1 case ( CD & DVD
burn and CD and DVD read). So it is not unusual for 1 or 2 parts to not function while the others
do so properly.
Did you complete the troubleshooter for the drive that still does not work? There are some
registry entries that the troubleshooter does not fix and those "might" be the cause.
Check with your System Maker and Device maker for both possible firmware updates
correct Registry entries for your drive.
These are the keys I think are the ones in question - for the CD/DVD drive sub-keys of course
as there will other sub-keys in these keys. Be sure to ask for specific keys involved as well as
You probably can find more info here and maybe even the exact registry settings for your
CD/DVD drive from someone with the same model.
Forums - a lot of real expert help http://club.myce.com/
CD/DVD units http://www.myce.com/storage/
Use DevManView to locate CD/DVD in registry (be careful and make a Restore Point before
changing anything) - find the device in DevManView and then Right Click on it Open in RegEdit.
DevManView - Free - an alternative to the standard Device Manager of Windows, which displays
all devices and their properties in flat table, instead of tree viewer http://www.nirsoft.net/utils/device_manager_view.html
Hope this helps,