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External DVD CD Rom XP Problem

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External DVD CD Rom XP Problem

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I bought an HP external USB DVD CDROM for my Dell Optima 260 with XP. It worked fine until tonight. A few hours ago I went to back up a file, and the device was missing. I tried unplugging the device from the computer, but I always get the message "USB Device not Recognized" in my system tray. I also tried shutting down the computer and doing a restart. According to device manager, the drivers for the drive are not installed. The message there reads "No drivers are installed for this device." I have no driver disk, but I think the driver is onboard the DVD CD ROM unit, something a tech told me he thought was true of this unit (HP dvd840y). I had never heard of that before, but it worked without a driver installation until tonight, so I don't know. Are there any tricks I can do to get the DVD CD ROM up and going again?