December 9, 2005
Dear CNET members,
As many of you probably are aware, hardware issues are difficult to troubleshoot. And with so many possible causes of system problems, member submissions for this week brought a full spectrum of solutions to Nike's cry for help when his machine didn't recognize his DVD-RW and CD-RW drives. Solutions/ideas ranged from certain software installs to loose cabling in the machine itself. With so many possible solutions provided by our helpful members, my suggestion to you, Nike, is to please read through them all. Start with the troubleshooting basics and work your way up to the more complicated solutions. For all we know, it could be just a simple fix. So to get you started, here is the winning answer from Paul, who goes through quite a few scenarios to help solve your problem. But as always, go through all the honorable mentions and other advice from our members. 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. But 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 Nike, please come on in and post. Thanks, everyone and have a wonderful weekend!
Member Question of the Week
One day I went to bed, and my computer was fine; the next
morning, my system no longer recognized my DVD-RW and
CD-RW. As far as I know, I did nothing to provoke such
outrageous behavior. Both drivers load without a problem, and
there's power going to both drives. I checked the control
panel and got yellow with error 41. What gives? I love
burning stuff to CD. I am desperately missing my CD fix. Can
you help a fellow out? Running Windows XP. Thanks in advance!
Let's see if we can resolve this for you. I will assume you don't have removable drives since this is typically not a plug-and-play issue. Also, outdated, incorrect, or damaged drivers may in fact load but not operate well enough for your hardware to work correctly. You may need to run Windows Update to make sure your OS is functioning properly with other newer drivers and programs.
The error code 41, with the yellow you are getting, is in fact for drivers that were loaded, but Windows cannot find the non-plug-and-play device. This can happen from a simple update that may have occurred, even if you had no knowledge of it. It can cause a conflict with the drivers that renders your hardware unusable, as in your case...
Paul K. of Gladstone, Michigan
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