Happy Friday! Week after week, many of you e-mail me to let me know that the font on this newsletter is way too small, so per your request, I've bumped up the text size a notch in hopes that it will be better for your reading pleasure. Now let's shift our eyes to Gary's dilemma of where his computer stopped recognizing both his DVD and CD drives.
As many of you probably are aware, hardware or software issues are difficult to troubleshoot. And with so many possible causes of system problems, member submissions for this week brought a full spectrum of suggestions ranging from drivers going bad; certain installs causing issues; loose cabling; and corrupt Registries. However, from reading our members' answers, while solutions/ideas vary, what was mentioned most as the culprit was a corrupt Registry in Windows, but it may not be limited to that just because it's the most mentioned. There is a fix, but I will let you read about that from our selected member answers in the Q&A section below. However, that's just one of the many possible causes. So, Gary, I would suggest reading through all the answers, and before setting out to do any suggested fixes, I would first recommend that you back up your important data, start with the troubleshooting basics that you can comprehend, and work your way up to the more complicated solutions. It could be just a simple fix. And if you do come across one of the solutions that requires you to dip into the Windows Registry, please take extreme caution--if it is done incorrectly, it can render your system useless. So if you are uncomfortable with it, stay on the sidelines and let an experienced person do it for you. If you think you are up to the challenge, make sure to back up your Registry first. Good luck! If any of you would like to step up to the plate to further assist Gary, please come on in and post. Thanks everyone, and have a wonderful weekend!
My PC stopped recognizing both my DVD and CD drives, help!
Last week my computer stopped recognizing both my DVD and CD
drives, drives E and F on my computer. Does this mean that
the slots on the mother board went bad or is it a software
glitch? I used my recovery wizard and set my computer back to
an earlier date when I knew all was working okay, but this
did not help. What could possibly cause this? Any suggestions
as to how I can check this out myself without taking my
computer into a shop. I have a Sony (PCV-RS420), running a
Pentium 4 (2.8 Ghz), running Windows XP.
-- Submitted by:
Featured member solutions for last week's question:
(WARNING: Some recommendations suggest the task of editing your Windows registry, MAKE SURE you back up your registry in case you do something wrong and need to revert. If you are unfamiliar with this task, keep your hands off and let someone who is experienced in this field perform it. You don't want to accidentally delete/edit a file that is critical to your system--which can/will wreak havoc in your computer. So be cautious and know what you are doing before proceeding! Edit and Delete files in the Windows registry at your own risk. Thank you.)
Do burned CDs and DVDs have a shelf life? I've been backing up my important files on recordable CDs and DVDs for a quite a few years now. However, the other day my friend told me that he read some article explaining that burned CDs and DVDs, while a reliable backup method, do have a shelf life and one day they will fail to read and that I should make duplicate backup copies of my files on another media or external hard drive just in case. This is new news to me, but paranoia still set in! I went immediately to check on a few of my backed up CDs from many years ago dated 1998 and 1999 and was relieved to find that they read perfectly fine from my PC. Now I'm questioning if what my friend read was a myth and I'm turning to you for answers. Is it true, will burned CDs and DVDs eventually become unreadable? If there is a shelf life, what is their expected life span? Are there better quality CDs or DVDs recordable discs that are better for longtime storage? What is the best way to store burned disc to prolong shelf life, if there is such a thing? Am I being paranoid for no reason? Have you had any old burned CDs or DVDs fail on you because they were too old? Sorry for all the questions. Thanks for any facts you can provide.
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