Somehow, my computer lost the ability to recognize my CD yesterday. I was counting my pennies to go get another CD drive and install it, but called my friend, engineer Ronny Light for advice. He said he had run into the same problem more than once on Windows XP and finally figured out that his CD drive had NOT gone bad. He found a free utility, sent it to me by email and within three minutes I had the problem fixed.
I suggest you backup your computer before trying this:
Note: THIS FIX IS FOR Windows XP ONLY!!. If you have Vista or anything else, don't try it.
First, Click on this link,
then scroll down where it says "Other Registry Patches",
then go about 7 links down where it says "Restore Missing CD Drive".
Click the link, save file.
Find where you saved it, then open the zip file.
Right click "cdgone.reg", click "MERGE" (ignore warnings)
Right click "editreg.reg", click "MERGE" (ignore warnings)
Reboot your computer and see if your CD drive doesn't magically re-appear, just like it never left.
If this doesn't work, you may have a crashed CD drive and need a new one. But Ronny told me that if I had bought a new drive and installed it, it STILL wouldn't have been recognized by my computer. He said that sometimes the registry just gets screwed up. Who would have known??
Thanking God for tech guru wizard angel genius friends like Ronny!! (Everyone needs at least one)
Anyone else have a favorite tech fix for music - related equipment?
Labels: Equipment fixes