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CD-ROM Drive showing yellow attention sign

 
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perks842



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PostPosted: Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:24 pm    Post subject: CD-ROM Drive showing yellow attention sign Reply with quote

My CD-ROM drive was fine and now for some reason it shows a yellow attention sign on it in device manager, I've tried uninstalling and reinstalling, updateing drivers (including signing up to a driver subscription), I've tried two cd-rom drives too I dont have the original diisk to install via that nor the windows disc, I'm running XP too, thanks very much

current drive: HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8160B

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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 12:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

a CD/DVD drive does not need any special drivers in WinXP
it either works - or it doesn't

If you are getting a yellow ! then either:
the drive has failed
or
there is a resource or drive letter conflict with another piece of hardware
or
a recent program installation has caused problems

You say you've tried other drives, so we have to assume that the problem is not a hardware failure
If you have installed any programs recently (especially any CD/DVD ripping, burning or emulation programs) then uninstall them
If that fails, try a system restore
If that fails, run the fixit tool provided my Microsoft on this webpage http://support.microsoft.com/kb/929461

If all that fails, its probably time to back up your data and reinstall windows
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perks842



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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

ok thanks, if all fails do you think a USB connecting plug and play burner will be ok?
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 5:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Might be worth checking if any other devices are showing a problem. It could be there is a problem with the IDE controllers.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

perks842 wrote:
ok thanks, if all fails do you think a USB connecting plug and play burner will be ok?

This would probably be fine, however it should not be necessary.
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PostPosted: Thu Jun 24, 2010 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In the unlikely event that the drive IS faulty, then you need to look at replacing it rather than using a USB drive. The problem is that leaving a faulting drive there may affect the performance of any other drives you attach. It may even stop them working due to driver loading issues

However I still believe a hardware fault is unlikely - software is probably eh cause
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