Installed IE8. Lost all traces of CD drive. r

November 1, 2010 at 01:57:48
Specs: Windows Vista, AMD athlon. 512 ram
Installed IE8 on Vista Home basic. Lost Cdrom drive and many other problems ocurred. Removed Ie8 restored IE7. Removed the only filter shown from registry. IE7 works ok but no trace of CD drive anywhere, not in BIOS not in device manager. Dell cannot help want to do factory restore. I dont. It only happened when the installation/removal took place. Tried to remove and replace the last few windows updates. Got The filter back in registry, removed it agaain, still no Cd. Any answers please John

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November 1, 2010 at 03:24:11
If it is not showing in BIOS, it will not be recognised by any O/S, seems like a hardware issue...

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November 1, 2010 at 13:11:12
Thank you for your input. That makes a lot of sense to me. Could you make a few more guesses as to what may be causing this and any possible workarounds?
Being a dell computer the motherboard has different connections to any of the two spare CDROMS I have so I cannot install any of those to try. Also do you know of any checks that can be done to find the source of the problem? It just seems a bit coincidental that it happened when it did. Thank You. Lewie the Fly

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November 1, 2010 at 15:29:35
Further to my earlier reply, I have done the following things. Uninstalled the last three windows updates for Vista as I had done before. Revisited Registry, no reappearance of filters. Rebooted computer and went into setup. It is showing the hard disk and a second disk now, but doesnot give much info other than to say capacity unknown. Hope this helps further. By the way I have downloaded Devman view. It shows the DVD player to be present with all normal attributes that I can see, except that it says connected:no disabled:no. I have tried enabling it but nothing happens. Looks like a factory image reinstall may be needed, but I have no CDrom to save my stuff. Any further help would be very welcome. Lewie The Fly

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