error code 41 my cd rom drive is not working

December 30, 2010 at 12:26:47
Specs: Windows XP
my system is unable to recognize my cd rom drive and I get an error code 41

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#1
December 30, 2010 at 14:01:58
Device Manager Error Codes
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/310123

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#2
December 30, 2010 at 14:41:51
Googling that error number gets this fix most of the time.

25. DVD-RAM model supported in XP but not being recognized or being recognized as CD-ROM?
http://www.xptuneup.com/tip0025.htm
http://www.instant-registry-fixes.o...
http://pcsupport.about.com/od/findb...
Demystifying the Windows Registry
http://www.bleepingcomputer.com/for...
Don't Fear the Registry
http://oreilly.com/pub/h/658
http://www.csie.ntu.edu.tw/~b90047/...
Open Regedit by going to START - RUN and type Regedit and hit enter. Then you should navigate to following entry in registry
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\ {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}. Highlight the {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318} folder in the left pane, delete the following two keys in the right pane.
"UpperFilters"
"LowerFilter"
DELETE these two entries and restart your computer.


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#3
December 30, 2010 at 14:50:00
If this is on a desktop computer.....

It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.

Try another data cable if in doubt.

80 wire data cables must have the proper end connector connected to the mboard IDE header - usually that's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable.


Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)

The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.


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