Unfortunately, it's not a happy Friday as Japan was hit with a huge earthquake, which spawned a devastating tsunami. After watching some online videos, I thought to myself how fragile we are against Mother Nature. My heartfelt condolences to those who lost family and friends in this tragic event, and my thoughts are with all those who are affected.
A quick announcement: a few weeks ago we rolled out the new Android forum and I'm happy to see a lot of members making good use of it. This week, we launched the Acer forum. For those who use Acer products or are interested in them, it's time to unite and make this forum a go-to place for all your Acer discussions. You can share tips, resources, and buying advice, and troubleshoot together. As an added bonus, don't be surprised to see the Acer Customer Experience Team participating in this forum. So join in the conversation! Now let's hit up Mark's question in regard to his system not recognizing both of his internal disc drivers.
After reading all the answers to Mark's issue, it looks like it's a fairly common problem for XP systems to not recognize disc drives in the system. As member waytron pointed out, it's usually caused by installing or uninstalling iTunes or some other application that uses the optical drives. The good news is there are solutions to this issue. Many members have brought up one by Microsoft that is fairly straightforward. There is also a manual way to fix it, which requires a bit of tinkering with the system registry. Please be advised to take special care when editing the registry as one simple mistake can be devastating. For any solution, be sure to back up your data, set a system restore point, and be careful. If the Microsoft solution doesn't work for you, there are other recommendations provided by our members, so have a read through them all. I'm sure one of them will make it right. Good luck and thank you for your contributions! Have a safe and great weekend.
Help, my PC has lost sight of its disc drives!
Hi guys! My PC (Windows XP) has lost sight of its disc
drives. Both have power and will pop out to receive a disc
if you press the button on the front. Device manager
recognizes their existence showing Combo ATA/EDE232CO,
LITE-ON DVDRW SHM-165565--each with a yellow backed
When I connect an external disc drive via a USB socket,
device manager sees it and shows it also with the yellow
backed pling. Other items, (memory stick, scanner, printer)
all work normally. The disc drivers fail to appear on the "My
Computer" page. I have downloaded new drivers from the Web
but this has made no difference. I can't associate the
failure with any particular event but I did try a "clean up
program" at some stage that could possibly be involved.
Obviously I can't reload any programs since my discs are not
accessible so I am completely stuck and beginning to suspect
hardware. I am well into my retirement years and not computer
literate but before I take it back to the shop I would like
to know if there is any solution I could apply myself.
Anybody help? Kind regards.
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Are these inexpensive Windows CE Netbooks on eBay even worth looking into? My name is Kim and my question may be stupid but here goes anyway. (Lee's note: No question is stupid.) While on eBay looking for a used or refurbished laptop/Netbook for my friend, I kept coming across these Netbooks advertised as non-branded Netbooks. Really cheap. What are they? The description is as follows: 128RAM, 2GB hard drive? Running Windows CE 6.0. What is Win CE? Is the hard drive a 2.5 laptop model or something different? Can the hard drive be upgraded? My friend wants one but I don't think it is what I term as a "normal" computer. I asked her to wait and that I would ask the CNET community about the Netbook first. I'm hoping that someone can explain what they are, and how they work. I don't want my friend to be disappointed and waste her money. But I'm really curious about them myself. I've never seen them advertised anywhere else either. A 2GB hard drive seems excessively small as well. All answers will be greatly appreciated. Thank you CNET community.
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