Does the CDRW drive show in the BIOS?
If so, boot SAFE MODE and head to the device manager. Now remove all the CD drives listed. On reboot if the drive is connected and working it will be detected by Windows and may cure itself.
If not you may have a failed drive. Many owners seem to not want to replace failed drives. I don't know why.
hp pavillion 7950, windows Me O/S
Went to use my cd burner for the first time in a while and a pop up on the adaptec cd creator said "There are no supported cd-recorders available". Never have seen that in the 7 years I have had this computer.
For kicks I put in a burned picture cd into the cd-rom drive......nothing happens.....the light blinks a few times when I close it but then thats it.....nothing. Tried the same thing with a bought movie disk...nothing. I go to my computer and try to look at the status of the drive and it's not listed. it's as if my computer is saying I don't have either of these drives.
Can't use system restore because the last restore point available is over 2 years ago and it won't let me set a restore point for today in case I want to reverse it.
Can't use my restore disks since the cd-rom drive doesn't appear to be working...........
I'm at a loss as to what I can do next to try and find out what happened to my burner and cd-rom drives and if I can fix them.