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computer doesn't pick up my dvd burner

By fkliford ·
Sometimes the computer doesn't pick up my dvd burner. When I click on My Computer, I see my floppy disk, my dvd rom, my hard disk but my dvd burner cannot be seen. I have to restart the computer, sometimes a lot a times, until the computer pick ups all the drives.
What can I do to get rid of that problem?

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by BFilmFan In reply to computer doesn't pick up ...

BIOS upgrade would be my recommendation.

Check the manufacturer's site for the most current version.

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by willcomp In reply to computer doesn't pick up ...

First find out if it is being detected by BIOS. Depending on PC/motherboard manufacturer, you may have to disable boot splash screen to view information. Press the Pause key to stop on screen with drive information. Press the old any key to continue.

If drive is consistently recognized by BIOS, a BIOS upgrade probably won't help. In that case it is a Windows issue.

Try drive firmware update, remove and reinstall burning software, check drive properties in Device Manager.

Give us more info after you try these suggestions and find them ineffective.

Dalton

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To rainman319:

It is normal practice to open a new question rather than piggybacking on an existing one. You usually have a much better chance of getting a response.

That said, see link below. I recently answered a similar question to yours.

http://techrepublic.com.com/5208-6251-0.html?forumID=49&threadID=168116

Dalton

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by Poettone In reply to computer doesn't pick up ...

I would suggest booting into safe mode repeatedly and checking if its there each time.. If it is then you know its a "windows driver issue/conflict

If it still doesn't show then a bios/dvd burner firmware update is needed.

Also this may sound lame, but have you checked to make sure all your connections to the drive are firmly seated and that you aren't losing power intermitently to the drive.

I had this happen with a hard drive last year.. One time I booted it was there, next time gone.. It turned out to be a bad end on the 12v connector to the drive..

Good Luck..

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by Wethaman In reply to computer doesn't pick up ...

I am having a similar problem. My Plextor drive worked for about 3 weeks and today it is no longer recognized by my PC. I looked for it in BIOS and it sees it but when I I go to Device Manager, it sees it but it gives me an exclamation point on it. I have no idea why this is happening as I uninstalled the device and reinstalled it. I checked the cables ( SATA)as well and all is good.

Any idea what I'm experiencing?

Thanks

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