DVD Drives Suddenly Suddenly Unreadable

Discussion in 'Dell' started by Erehwon, Jan 31, 2011.

  1. Erehwon

    Erehwon Guest

    Went to use a DVD today and discovered that both my JLMS DVD-RW and NEC
    DVD-R drives were missing from MY COMPUTER. Checked Device Manager and all
    three drives under "DVD/CD-ROM drives" had a yellow exclamation point (the
    above drives along with an "HP Virtual CD 4507 USB Device" installed by HP
    Simple Save portable Hard Drive). Tried uninstalling, powering down and
    restarting. Device Manager came up with the correct names for the drives
    but still the yellow "!". Also tried uninstalling and selecting "scan for
    new hardware" from Device Manager but error came up stating "A problem
    occurred during hardware installation. Your new hardware may not operate
    properly". Don't use the drives very often, so have no idea how long ago
    problem may have occurred. Device Status shows "Windows cannot load the
    device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing.
    (Code 39)". Under "Driver Details" I see that 4 of the 7 files listed have
    green check marks next to them while the other 3 do not if that means
    anything. Both drives have power (lights come on and tray ejects) and
    computer seems to recognize correct drives. Any ideas on what else to look
    for to get my DVD drives back. 2004 Dell 8300 running WinXP with Service
    Pack 3 and all updates current.
    Erehwon, Jan 31, 2011
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    Brian K Guest

    Brian K, Jan 31, 2011
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  3. Erehwon

    Steve W. Guest

    Had a similar problem with a Toshiba about a week ago.


    The registry gets corrupted by an update.
    Try the below info.

    Windows XP

    1. Click Start, and then click Run.
    2. In the Open box, type regedit, and then click OK.
    3. In the navigation pane, locate and then click the following
    registry subkey:


    4. In the right pane, click UpperFilters.

    Note You may also see an UpperFilters.bak registry entry. You do
    not have to remove that entry. Click UpperFilters only. If you do not
    see the UpperFilters registry entry, you still might have to remove the
    LowerFilters registry entry. To do this, go to step 7.

    5. On the Edit menu, click Delete.
    6. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
    7. In the right pane, click LowerFilters.

    Note If you do not see the LowerFilters registry entry,
    unfortunately this content cannot help you any further. Go to the "Next
    Steps" section for information about how you can find more solutions or
    more help on the Microsoft Web site.

    8. On the Edit menu, click Delete.
    9. When you are prompted to confirm the deletion, click Yes.
    10. Exit Registry Editor.
    11. Restart the computer.
    Steve W., Jan 31, 2011
  4. Erehwon

    Erehwon Guest

    Thanks. The aumha registry patch restored the drives. Wish I had come here
    first instead of wasting a couple of hours getting nowhere.
    Erehwon, Jan 31, 2011
  5. Erehwon

    Erehwon Guest

    Actually solved two problems. The reason I needed the DVD drive in the
    first place was because QUICKEN had started refusing to create backups and I
    planned to re-install the program. After running the registry patch,
    QUICKEN's backup also started working again. Not sure what the connection
    was since it doesn't use the DVD drives for backup, but I'll take the
    Thanks again.
    Erehwon, Jan 31, 2011
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