Solved CDROM not seen in Device Manager or Comp Management.

Gigabyte / Ga-78lmt-s2p
February 16, 2014 at 13:58:26
Specs: Windows 8 - 64Bit, 1.8 GHz / 4gig
My Windows 8 installation does not "see" my CDROM neither in Computer Management or Device Manager;

In Device Manager this is shown: <img src="http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v504/ewen/CDROM_zps0ad10d9d.jpg" border="0" alt=" photo CDROM_zps0ad10d9d.jpg"/>

All Greek to me, any and all help will be appreciated,

Regards.


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February 18, 2014 at 03:45:43
Mmm.. There times when I wonder just where some of the current software designers are coming from, and which world they inhabit.

This zpodd feature sounds a little another "save the world, save the environment" routine - in terms of energy reduction and efficiency. As though some petrol head equivalent somewhere in M$-land sat down and worked out that not having a cd/dvd unit fed power when not active would save whatever... Over a period of likely a hundred years or so it would reduce CO2 emissions by 0.n1 % where n is any number of zeros with a minimum of 1,00,000. Or perhaps another case of "we could do this... So let's go ahead and show how clever we are..." Even though it's of no practical value in real life; more as source of irritation and konphushyun.. Sometimes less is more and sometimes not so... Whoever dreamt up zpodd needs to go back to dreamland and reconsider the whole application afresh; even better go out into the real world for while... and see how his/her brainwave really pans out...?

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#1
February 16, 2014 at 23:50:09
That's usually a chipset driver issue. The gigabyte support page doesn't show a chipset driver download for windows 8 but that doesn't necessarily mean you don't need it. You can get it at AMD:

http://support.amd.com/en-us/downlo...

There's three download there--chipset, raid and a utility. Install the first two, the third is optional.


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#2
February 17, 2014 at 16:34:15
Thank you Dave, I downloaded the two that you thought might be needed but they made not one iota of difference. They both refer to "Raid" but I have no Raid setup on my machine, can there be different problem?

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#3
February 17, 2014 at 16:40:00
Basic I know - but... Have you ensured it properly connected; power and data connectors. I am presuming this is desktop system of sorts (possibly self- build) as you show a Gigabyte board in the details header here?

Does this cdrom work elsewhere - on another desktop system (tower or otherwise)?

And one - perhaps obvious - question... If the drive doesn't show - how did you install win 8?

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#4
February 17, 2014 at 17:46:58
Yeah, I assumed there were no hardware problems.

With xp, if you right click on the top line of device manager you get a 'scan for hardware changes'. Windows 8 is probably similar. You might try that to force it to relook for hardware.


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#5
February 17, 2014 at 20:48:53
trvlr, that is indeed avalid question however when I installed Win 8 I disconnected the other drives to avoid a dual boot and the install process started quite normally and installed correctly,

It was only when I came to read the contents of a dsk that I noticed that although the access light on the drive lit while the disk was seeking that was it. No information no nothing. However If I boot from the drive (Macrium for instance) it will boot with no problem.

Interestingly if I insert a USB stick it will see and open that but it will not see my external harddrive but it will write to it (I'll need to check that statement again though)

It appears there is a new Win 8 feature named ZPODD (Zero Power Optical Disk Drive) which detects that there is no media in the drive and power to the drive is automatically cut off. The moment a disk is inserted it switches on.

This link will exlain better: https://www.google.com.au/search?q=...

The mystery deepens!


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February 18, 2014 at 03:45:43
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Mmm.. There times when I wonder just where some of the current software designers are coming from, and which world they inhabit.

This zpodd feature sounds a little another "save the world, save the environment" routine - in terms of energy reduction and efficiency. As though some petrol head equivalent somewhere in M$-land sat down and worked out that not having a cd/dvd unit fed power when not active would save whatever... Over a period of likely a hundred years or so it would reduce CO2 emissions by 0.n1 % where n is any number of zeros with a minimum of 1,00,000. Or perhaps another case of "we could do this... So let's go ahead and show how clever we are..." Even though it's of no practical value in real life; more as source of irritation and konphushyun.. Sometimes less is more and sometimes not so... Whoever dreamt up zpodd needs to go back to dreamland and reconsider the whole application afresh; even better go out into the real world for while... and see how his/her brainwave really pans out...?

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#7
February 18, 2014 at 15:14:46
I got a kick out of WD's 'green' hard drives. It wouldn't be so bad if WD had just said they used less power than other drives but they had to go and call them 'green' like using them was going to save the planet.


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#8
February 18, 2014 at 19:34:16
I thank you both for your input and quite candidly I shall leave things as they are. I found an old USB reader/writer and I hooked it up and it reads it as D: just as though it was the onboard one so at leas I can see what is on the drive when I insert a DVD/CD.

I think the final comments from both of you are absolute classics!

Regards.


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#9
February 18, 2014 at 19:59:20
"My Windows 8 installation does not "see" my CDROM neither in Computer Management or Device Manager;"
You don't, until you put a CD in.

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#10
February 19, 2014 at 00:25:00
Thank you John but this does not happen in my case... I can put a disk in but nothing shows although there is access, its all to do with ZPODD (Zero Power Optical Disk Drive).

Regards.


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#11
February 19, 2014 at 00:49:01
Now heres a turn for the books and I am unable to explain it, if you will refer to this link: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v... channel 0 and channel 1 are ghosted and they have an exclamation mark next to them. Well I bit the bullet and uninstalled them and hey presto the CDROM now works as it should.

I will never understand this circus... really I won't!

Regards and thanks to all.


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#12
February 19, 2014 at 00:55:35
"they have an exclamation mark"
My eyes couldn't see that.


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#13
February 20, 2014 at 05:33:23
Have a look at this: https://support.microsoft.com/kb/31...

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#14
February 20, 2014 at 15:03:09
Thank you riider but does that apply exclusivley to XP?

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