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Doesnt refresh cd drive

By ppie49-erw ·
I have a Hp desktop with xp pro os, it has always worked fine till lately. After reading a cd or dvd it doesn't refresh or read the next disk that is put in. It displays the first disks contents. I have to reboot or uninstall the drive. I haven't changed anything that I remember anyway. anyone seen this problem??? Also the window doen't clear when the cd is removed either. I am running out of hair.

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by Blackcurrant In reply to Doesnt refresh cd drive


A similar problem is noted here:

The solution is to install the latest Service Pack.

Good luck

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by ppie49-erw In reply to Doesnt refresh cd drive

Sounds good but f5 or refresh doesn't work and I have the latest service pak. Maybe windows base OS just need to be reinstalled form time to time, just love old MS

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by HAL 9000 Moderator In reply to Doesnt refresh cd drive

An Inplace Install as described here may do some good

Though if the Registry is damaged it will be continued over to the new install and all the Patches & Service Packs will have been removed.

You could try one of the Registry Cleaners and see if that helps

or a 30 day trial of Iolo System Mechanic available here

Before trying a In Place Install and see if that cures the problem.

If that doesn't work I always use a wiping utility to zero the HDD/s and then perform a clean bare install and that always cures any problems just remember to backup All Your Data first this includes not only the My Documents Folder but also your Favourites and stored E-Mail as well as your address Book and any programs that store data in them.


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Several things can be done here...

by TwoCrows In reply to Doesnt refresh cd drive

I suppose it is a bit 'late' for an answer (most probably you have reinstalled the whole thing a while ago), but it is useful to have around, I found out this issue is much more common that I would have thought.
Most probably, it will be fixed by one of the following.

The easiest way to fix this is:

>Run Regedit
>Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\ Software\ Microsoft\ Windows\ CurrentVersion\ Policies\Explorer.
>Delete the Key "NoDriveTypeAutoRun"
>Reboot the Computer.
XP will set everything up again, and your autorun will be working again.

ANother option to try:
1.) Open your registry and find or create the key below.
2.) Create or modify a DWORD value for Windows 2000 and XP called "NoDriveTypeAutoRun". This value is an 8-bit number that specifies which drive types AutoRun is disabled on. Each bit represents a different drive type.

USER KEY:[HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\Explorer]

SYSTEM KEY: [HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Policies\

Bit Drive Types
0 Unknown drives
1 No root directory
2 Removable drives (Floppy, ZIP)
3 Hard disk drives
4 Network drives
5 CD-ROM drives
6 RAM disk drives
7 Reserved

The default value is "149" (decimal) which is equal to "95" (hex)

Therefore to disable AutoRun on CD-ROM drives as well you would set enable bit 5 so that the value becomes "181" (decimal) or "B5" (hex). (i.e. REG_DWOR "0x000000B5 (181)")

To disable AutoRun on all drive types you would set this value to "255" (decimal) or "FF" (hex). (i.e. REG_DWOR "0x000000FF (255)")

Enabled AutoRun on all drive types by setting this value to "128" (decimal) or "80" (hex). Bit 7 is left enabled because it is reserved. (i.e. REG_DWOR "0x00000080 (128)")

3.) Restart Windows for the change to take effect.


ANother one:
On this website you can download the Autoplay Repair Wizard (from M$oft). I haven?t used it myself, so I don?t know...

If the issue involves Explorer NOT refreshing windows automatically, something else may need to be done.
Hope it helps, If it doesn?t, At least you will keep your hair on next time! :)

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