Today, we are going to be talking on how to fix a cd drive. It’s one of those problems sitting in the background, not unlike a sleeper-cell. It wasn’t until I purchased An ASUS laptop. I recently had popped open my CD Rom, inserted “Passion of the Christ” to begin to watch a great Movie. Closed the tray and waited, nothing seemed to be happening. This is when you start to wonder is there something wrong with the computer. I know I could always, pick up a external CD Rom however, this is not the option one would like if they have a laptop. Who wants to carry an external drive around.
My Laptop a ASUS X550 came with an Intel (R) Pentium(R) CPU 2117U 1.80 GHZ, 4GB of Ram(Random Access Memory) 64 Bit Operating System. With Windows 8.1 . It also comes with a WebCam. If you like to either update the memory or Hard drive, this can be easily done by taking off the bottom cover which is quite easy, just four screws and your there.
There is 4GB of Memory installed directly on the motherboard. You can upgrade the computer by adding 8GB which will give you a total of 12GB. If you are not sure the type of memory, Crucial and most memory manufacturer’s should have a scanning tool.
I will provide a link below.
So, I begin by checking the web of why my computer wasn’t playing DVD’s. I found a Forum at kioskea.net that had a hack put out by xpcmanI have provided the link below:
It turns out that if you have downloaded iTunes, or Roxio, this could be the problem. xpcman writes “Start button, type regedit in the Start Search box, and then click regedit in the Programs list.
If you are prompted for an administrator password or confirmation, type your password, or click Continue.
2. Locate, and then click the following registry subkey:
Caution There can be many instances of the registry subkey that is mentioned in step 2. You must make sure that you are in the appropriate registry subkey before modifying the UpperFilters and the LowerFilters values. To verify that you are in the appropriate registry subkey, make sure that the Default data value is DVD/CD-ROM and the Class data value is CDROM.
3. In the right pane, right-click UpperFilters, and then click Delete.
4. Click Yes to confirm the removal of the UpperFilters registry entry.
5. In the right pane, right-click LowerFilters, and then click Delete.
6. Click Yes to confirm the removal of the LowerFilters registry entry.
7. Exit Registry Editor, and then restart the computer.
The system will automatically rebuild the registry records when you restart your computer.”
As I went through and clicked on the folders I was unable to find where the Default data value dvd/cd-rom was located. The only thing I did find was the class data value which was the CD-ROM.
The next option Microsoft Fix-it solution, put out by Skeeter
Skeeter.Gz@msn.com– Mar 20, 2010 03:25PM
This is different than altering your registry, and it works via Microsoft.
Please follow directions carefully or either the Read or the Write won’t work.
In order for this to work – (YOU WILL NEED A BLANK DVD AND A FULL DVD WITH SOME KIND OF PROGRAM ON IT)
http://support.microsoft.com/fixit#tab2Click (or copy and paste) the link above to begin the process. Click on the first option Your CD/DVD drive cannot read or write media in Windows Vista. Click on the big “RUN NOW” button to the right, then select “Continue” when your computer asks your permission. Then Select Detect problems and apply the fixes for me (Recommended). It gives you two options “Read a CD/DVD and Write a CD/DVD” you will need to run both options separately once for each issue you’re having with your hardware. You will see your device listed, click on your device. It will ask you for a disc. For the Read part of it, you need to insert a DVD Disc with something on it such as a program, of any kind. Insert the disc and click on your device. NOTE: If you forget to insert a full DVD Disc your DVD Device door will pop out, then you will be forced to insert a DVD disc with a program on it. The program will continue and configure your DVD device.
After it completes return back to the first page where it says “RUN NOW”. Click on “RUN NOW’ again and follow the same steps. When you see the screen with the two options “Read a CD/DVD and Write a CD/DVD” and “Write a CD/DVD”, this time select “Write a CD/DVD” option. NOTE: IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU INSERT A BLANK DVD IN ORDER TO COMPLETE THIS PROCESS. The program is configuring the write portion and it needs to be able to write on the blank DVD in order to complete the process. Then follow the rest of the steps and complete the process.
THAT’S IT !!!
Congratulations, you can now use 100% of you DVD device and there is no risk with altering the registry.
I’m remember reading where this was an iTunes, issue. I went to the search field and typed in regedit. Once inside the registry, located the following subkey:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM/software/ Apple. Once you locate this, right click and click delete.
Disclaimer: I cannot be held responsible for adjustments that you make in the registry, use this information at your own risk.
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