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Posted on Sunday, December 17, 2000 - 1:24 pm:   

My CD rom has disappeared, when I open My Computer its not there. Went to device manager no CD rom there either but there is an exclamation mark next to my secondary IDE controller.Checked performance and system is not running in dos compatibility mode. When I ck properties for the ide controller it suggests I update the driver tried that,no change,tried removing & reinstalling the IDE controller,no change.Bios can find the CD rom, what else can I try?
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2000 - 9:48 am:   

try going into safe mode and deleting all entries to the cd rom in device manager, then reboot. it should re-detect it. might have to do the same for the controller.

but before that, have you installed any hardware that may conflict with it? look at all devices. if there are duplicate entries, delete all of them. then, reboot in normal mode. winxx will re-detect them and when it asks for driver disk, insert disk, or point it to the inf, windows, windows\system folder for the files it needs. you really don't need the driver disk, just the inf file. you already have the drivers on your computer. all your doing is eliminating ghost devices, and re-installing the drivers.
Bill James
Posted on Monday, December 18, 2000 - 4:38 pm:   


Try scanreg/restore.

I recently had the same problem when I deleted some program's back-up.I ran the above command and got it back,it might not work for you but it's worth a try.
Posted on Tuesday, December 26, 2000 - 6:27 am:   

Win you aare my hero the above worked all systems are go and my children are talking to me again. while in device manager in safe mode I noted that several devices have multiple listings should i remove these other duplicates or just leave them alone because "if it ain't broke don't fix it"
Thanks again I posted this problem in several places and yours was the only help.
Posted on Tuesday, December 26, 2000 - 12:07 pm:   

awwwwwww. thanks. if you're not having any problems, don't do it. however, if you feel that these may interfere with adding new devices, then, by all means, delete them and reinstall the drivers after rebooting to normal mode. then reboot again. note that that drivers for the devices are already on your system. if it asks for a particular file it can't find, then have it "browse" to the windows folder, or the windows\system folder. usually, that's where the drivers are.

hope you all had a good holiday.

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