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DVD drive not seen in Explorer on HP DV8000

\015 I can see the drive in Device Manager, says it is working properly. The DVD is not seen in Windows Explorer. The drive spins up and lights up, but does not show up as a drive in Explorer at all. I have run Ccleaner on the registry. I have downloaded and run http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts/xp_cd_dvd_fix.vbsbut that also did not help. Reinstalled the drivers, as per directions (uninstall from device manager, reboot and redetect). Two months ago I had to run my restore disks for this computer, and all was well. The drive worked. There is no warranty on this machine still. It's from 2006.Also, ran Slax 6 live disk, just to see if it would load and it *did* load. This led me to believe the drive itself is alright, just a driver. Yet reinstalling the drivers by redetecting did not help.Running Windows XP Media Center, Version 5.1, SP2. Is this a hardware failure?\015

Answers :

If you right click My Computer /Manage/
\015\0121. Look at Device Manager. Do you see any "!" marks by anything.....maybe your drive.
\015\0122. Look in Disk Management. Do you see the drive there? Have you added any USB or other drives to your PC recently? If so, it could have taken the place of your drive's letter. You may need to change the drive letter.
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