Having problems with your Dell Inspiron 6400 Notebook ?

My CD/DVD drive no longer shows up in My Computer

\015 My problem seems to be a common one, but none of the solutions I've seen so far have worked. Here's the quick rundown of the problem and what I've tried:I am on a Dell Inspiron 6400 (laptop) running Windows XP. Never had any problems before with my CD drive. Suddenly last week I noticed my CD drive was not showing up in My Computer (this CD worked fine previously). I cannot think of any changes I made to my computer in the meantime. I downloaded a calendar merging software (which I have since uninstalled and ran only once). That is the only change I can think of. I have looked at a lot of solutions so far, none of which have worked. I tried removing Upper and Lower filters per Microsoft's website. I went to device manager to uninstall the device (as the website said to do), however the drive does not show up in my device manager at all. I know the drive is getting power, as it lights up, opens, and makes all the sounds it usually makes when it reads a CD. However, autoplay does not come up and nothing happens.I have tried adding various registry fixes suggested by people, with no success.I tried downloading an update from the Dell website for the driver, however when I go to open it, it says the driver cannot be found.I don't quite understand the recommendations to check the BIOS, although I downloaded BIOS updates from the Dell website as well. I tried calling Dell, but software they wanted me to download was rejected by my anti-virus software (McAfee) each time, so they seemed to think the problem was caused by a virus (although I only got the virus removed message every time I tried downloading what they told me). However, I have run my McAfee scan, an AdAware scan, a CC Cleaner scan and SpyBot scan, all of which have found nothing of significance. Anybody with any suggestions? I would be forever greatful if you could help!!! If you need anymore details, just let me know and I will add them. Thanks for your help in advance!!!\015

Answers :

Since you have tried most of the stuff (even registry editing o.O), If you be logic to take the next step of assuming there might a hardware fault.
\015\012When the drive have power doesn't mean its working properly.
\015\012Do you have any friends or colleagues with the same laptop or another CD drive? Swap it and see if it works.
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