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HP Pavilion dv9000 does not detect CD/DVD drive

by Kate2227 / January 11, 2011 6:48 AM PST

My hp pavilion dv9000 with windows vista has a CD burner, DVD burner and lightscribe burner, but just recently when trying to play a DVD on my computer it didnt recognize that the computer even had a CD/DVD drive. I went online to try and troubleshoot, and was given a few options, one was to run Microsoft Fix it, which did nothing, seemed to start doing something, but didnt help at all. The other instructions asked me to go into my device manager and check for the presence of the optical drive. It requires me to open the DVD/CD Rom drives to acess the installed drives, but when I go into my device manager to do this, there is no DVD/CD Rom drive available for me to select. Here is the url for these troubleshooting tips,

There is an option if I cant locate the optical drive to uninstall and reinstall the optical disk drive in the device manager. When i try that, and open the device manager, it wants me to click on the driver I want to uninstall, which would be DVD/CD Rom, but that is not on the list.

Its like it disappeared! When I go into windows media player as if to rip songs from a CD it says I require a CD drive to rip music.
Advice suggestions or a solution would be greatly appreciated!

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Google this
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 11, 2011 10:11 AM PST


The failures are wide ranging but in this case it looks like the drive or interface has failed. If unplugging the CD/DVD drive doesn't fix it, go get some USB DVDRW because I would never repair this model line.

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Same issue with my HP DV9000 series LT
by geofiggy / September 9, 2011 12:14 AM PDT
In reply to: Google this

I too have experienced this same issue. Seems to have been after the last Microsoft update a few days back.

DV9000 series

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Re: drive
by Kees_B Forum moderator / September 9, 2011 12:19 AM PDT

If you think it's caused by some Microsoft update undo it (depends on the OS how to undo it, so I can't tell). If that doesn't help you might consider to think hardware and replace the drive or use an external one.

An easy and convenient test: try to boot from some bootable CD or DVD. If that doesn't work, it's surely hardware.
Even easier and even more basic: see if the BIOS setup recognizes the drive. That's a minimal condition for it to work.


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by geofiggy / September 9, 2011 5:40 AM PDT
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Will try those options.

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I have the perminate fix
by Mr1s / January 14, 2012 11:04 PM PST
In reply to: Thanks

If all of the other suggested sites and links fail like they did for me try this.
It is a windows 7 issue not a hardware or HP issue like some would think. Download this .iso file from

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It didn't work!
by cneteurocat / February 4, 2012 8:16 AM PST

I very carefully did the steps outlined above. I get as far as the image drive and that is all. A new drive doesn't pop in at all.

Any other options?


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by geofiggy / February 5, 2012 10:30 PM PST
In reply to: Google this

Bob, did as you suggested because nothing else worked.

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You're welcome.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 6, 2012 1:07 AM PST
In reply to: Thanks

After too many dv6000/dv9000/tx1000 and similar machines based on that design, you know to not touch those machines. It's like a stigma that could rub off on you.

That is, you know these models are trouble and if you try to fix it by swapping this or that or reflowing solder, the basic design has a flaw and it fails again sooner than other units. Folk could get the idea your repairs are inferior.

I think you understand why we came up with other ways to get it working.

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Yes Sir, got it!
by geofiggy / February 6, 2012 4:06 AM PST
In reply to: You're welcome.

On a side note, I've invested in a Fujitsu Notebook and it's fabulous. Has Windows 7 but it works great. Made the decision based on the way they design their Network equipment (DWDM, etc) and the Network Management interfaces that come with that are extremely user friendly.

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