Optical Drives not visible in safe mode

November 21, 2011 at 12:57:03
Specs: Windows XP Pro (SP3), Penryn T8100 @ 2.1 GHz/3GB
I have WinXP Pro (SP3) on a Thinkpad R61. When I boot into safe mode (via boot interrupt or msconfig), my optical drive is not visible in "My Computer" or the software program I'm trying to use. I tried connecting an external/USB optical drive, and that attempted to install (I got the bubbles in the system tray, until it finally said installation unsuccessful device may not work properly), but I still couldn't see it in "My Computer". My C: drive is fine and any usb drive I've connected works fine too. I also think I used my usb mouse in safe mode, but can't remember for sure. Why are the optical drives not visible and how do I make them visible?

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November 21, 2011 at 15:08:42
Some driver is not being loaded. Either a motherboard type or cd drive type.

You have to disallow some in msconfig instead of all by that safe mode.

What are you trying to to?

Might be better to fix it with boot to cd and then use repair. Still may need IBM drivers.

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November 21, 2011 at 20:57:11
"What are you trying to to?"
I'm trying to use ImgBurn to backup a disc to an ISO file. I was told to do it in Safe mode because some of the filter drivers from other programs may be causing the errors I am getting, and so trying it in safe mode should determine if the filter drivers were the issue:

Besides that, I'd like to be able to see my optical drives in safe mode just in case I need that functionality for whatever reason in the future.

"You have to disallow some in msconfig instead of all by that safe mode."
What do I disallow? I tried disabling all services except microsoft ones, but that gave me a session that was no different from a normal session in any apparent way. The third-party filter drivers were still present.

"Might be better to fix it with boot to cd and then use repair."
Not sure what you mean here?

"Still may need IBM drivers."
I have used the "ThinkVantage" system update utility that came with the thinkpad to update everything, though the drivers which were most likely pertinent to this issue did have some problems:


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November 28, 2011 at 20:48:28
I ended up reinstalling windows =( . But it works now.

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