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reinstall CDROM or CDRW

By computab ·
Dell Latitude notebook, PIII, 128MB, 20GB, Win2K. I replaced the working CDROM with a new CDRW, but it shows a yellow mark in device manager. When I put the CDROM back it also had a yellow mark. When I try to reinstall the driver there is a message that the registry is corrupted. Where do I edit the registry to reinstall the CDRW? What other options are there without formatting the hard drive?

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to reinstall CDROM or CDRW

first of all remove both cd devices and remove their entries in the device manager. check that all software that refers to these cd~~~'s is uninstalled too. If you expect a corrupt registry there are ways to fix without complete wipe and start over. When registry is ok and no cdrom devices are installed put your new cdr/w drive into place. Device manager should recognize it and you can then install the cdr/w software from the manufacturer.

hope this helps

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by computab In reply to

All devices with yellow marks were removed, but it doesn't help. After reboot, the yellow marks return, possibly because of the corrupted registry.

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by dmiles In reply to reinstall CDROM or CDRW

2) Detect Devices: A) Go to the Device Manager (Start / Settings / Control Panel / System), Device Manager tab, and double-click CD-ROM, then double-click your CD/RW. Go to settings tab, "uncheck" DMA, OK out, and reboot. After re-entering windows, check again to see if your drive is identified by Explorer; If not, go back to the device manager, double-click on Hard Disk Controllers, double-click on "Intel Bus Master PCI IDE Controller", driver tab, click the "Update Driver" button, click "next", choose "display a list of all drivers", click "next", choose "Standard Dual PCI IDE Controller", click "next", then "next" again after driver is found, then click "finish", and answer "yes" to restart computer. After reboot, check your explorer, windows should now see the drive. If your drive is still not identified, contact your drive manufacturer's tech support

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by computab In reply to

this does not fix a corrupted registry.

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by computab In reply to reinstall CDROM or CDRW

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