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Monday, October 20, 2008

Utility you may need for a cd burner that goes "missing"

My tech angel just saved my CD burner's butt and I wanted to pass the info on to you.

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?



  • At October 21, 2008 at 5:47 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Thanks for the info Judy. You never can tell...
    All I know is about fixing computers is:
    Hit restart,
    If that does not work, find family member to blame and consider cursing for not having backed up lately.

  • At October 22, 2008 at 9:53 PM , Blogger Judy Rodman said...

    HAHA... yes, blame family whenever possible and also you reminded me... I'm backing up as we speak :)

  • At October 29, 2008 at 5:43 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

    That's great info to remember..I have had them go missing before, and just bought new one's! It's amazing the info that can be found now.

  • At November 3, 2008 at 12:14 AM , Blogger Unknown said...

    Susie, my tech friend told me that if one has the problem this patch fixes, that not even buying a new burner would work. So if your new burner works then maybe you did not have this problem. But at least this patch exists for us to try before we buy next time!


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