My ACER laptop won't recognise my CD Drive

May 15, 2012 at 11:51:35
Specs: Windows Vista
I have a Acer aspire laptop and it always used to play CDs or DVDs when one was put in the drive, but I have recently tried it, and it says on windows media player, when I click on Rip "A CD drive is required to rip music". I don' know what to do because it always used to work. I am not very good with computers some simple steps to resolve this problem would be very much appreciated :) many thanks!

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May 15, 2012 at 12:20:23
Go into Device Manager >> DVD/CD-ROM Drives.
Right-click the CD drive & choose "Uninstall".
Restart Windows & it will automatically re-install the driver for the CD drive.
Now try using it again.

If still it doesn't work, the drive itself may be faulty.

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May 15, 2012 at 12:58:38
Hello, sorry to be an idiot, but when I click Device Manager, DVD/CD rom drives isn't an option.. there is 'disk drives'.. 'processors' etc, but no option specific to DVD/CD rom drive! Can you help? Thanks.

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May 15, 2012 at 16:20:25
Sounds like it's already "lost" the CD/DVD drive. Does the light on the front of the drive come on when the machine is powered-on? If so, you may have a bad connection to the drive. If it doesn't come on, it may have a power-connection loose. Also, the drive could have completely died (it does happen on occasion). If you're not comfortable on the inside of a machine, it may be best to take it to someone who is, especially since it's a laptop.

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May 16, 2012 at 12:00:54
When I push the button to open the drive it flashing green, and continues to flash, when I put a CD in, it flashes for a bit (still green) and then stops. It doesn't anything and as I said, my windows media player says 'a CD drive is required to rip CDs', as though there isn't one.. you think I need to have someone look at it then? Is it likely to be a big job? Thank you :)

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