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Windows 7: Need Help Installing A External DVD Drive


25 Mar 2010   #1

Windows 7
 
 
Need Help Installing An External DVD Drive

Hi

I just bought an external dvd drive. The drive supports the plug and play feature and works with windoes 7. When I plug it in the drive isnt recognised by Windows 7 and the plug and play doesnt start the driver install.

The drive works fine with XP and Vista but not 7. I dont know if my Windows plug and play feature isnt working anymore or what.

The drive works fine with other Laptops/Desktops but not with my Laptop. The drive operates via USB and also gets its power via USB. A green light turns on when plugged in meaning it is recieving power via the USB but the laptop wont recognise it and nothing will play.

Any help?



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25 Mar 2010   #2

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by BckDSmith View Post
The drive works fine with other Laptops/Desktops but not with my Laptop.
Does it work on other laptops running Windows 7? If that is the case, it might be a BIOS setup for the USB port, not specifically related to the drive
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25 Mar 2010   #3

Windows 7
 
 

Its only my laptop that has Windows 7. The others have XP and Vista
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25 Mar 2010   #4

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

Have you tried to install manually? Sometimes plug and play just doesn't work for some hardware, at least that is my experience.
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25 Mar 2010   #5

Win7 Enterprise, Win7 x86 (Ult 7600), Win7 x64 Ult 7600, TechNet RTM on AMD x64 (2.8Ghz)
 
 

Does it show up in Device Manager or Disk Management in Windows 7 ?

Have you done a Windows Update online while it is plugged in ?
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25 Mar 2010   #6

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
Have you tried to install manually? Sometimes plug and play just doesn't work for some hardware, at least that is my experience.
I never got a disc with the dvd drive. Just the drive and 2 cables
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25 Mar 2010   #7

Windows 7 x64 finally!
 
 

I thought of Control Panel -> Devices and Printers -> Add a Device and see if Windows 7 recognizes it. Or select from the list and then have it download the drivers
Sorry, I am not on my windows 7 computer so I can't give more details. Let me know if you don't know what I am talking about
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25 Mar 2010   #8

Windows 7
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by wallyinnc View Post
I thought of Control Panel -> Devices and Printers -> Add a Device and see if Windows 7 recognizes it. Or select from the list and then have it download the drivers
Sorry, I am not on my windows 7 computer so I can't give more details. Let me know if you don't know what I am talking about
I know what you mean. I tried this but it just keeps searching and nothing shows up
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25 Mar 2010   #9

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

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25 Mar 2010   #10

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

bckDwest,

Follow the advice given to you by whest.

If you carefully read and follow the procedures given in there for Window 7, there is a 99.999% of success.
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