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Laptop not recognizing CD drive?

by msnewbie / March 2, 2014 5:28 AM PST

Dell ProBook 4530s running Windows7. When I am inserting a music CD the drive does not auto start any menu, nor is it recognized in Explore or My Computer. The CD does spin/whirr briefly, then goes quiet. My quest is to load these tunes into I-Tunes which I have been using successfully for some time now. I have burned CDs lately, but it's been a while since I uploaded.

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Re: laptop not recognised
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 2, 2014 5:47 AM PST

Can be software, if you see an error (yellow exclamation mark) with the player in Device Manager. But a hardware issue is more likely. Then replace the drive or use an external drive.

If you still have warranty let Dell solve the hardware issue.


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Using this good advice, yet not resolved.
by msnewbie / March 2, 2014 8:20 AM PST

I have the dreaded Yellow Exclamation next to MIKE-HP on the device menu. Found it to be the CD/DVD drive as suspected. Used the troubleshooter to" reinstall the driver", but I'm getting no driver found still. Troubleshooter was "unable to automatically fix" the problem. Left me with a RED X. I'm at a dead end?

Device is - hpBD MLT UJ240AF CD/DVD

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Any details in Device Manager?
by Kees_B Forum moderator / March 3, 2014 4:52 AM PST
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Great issue there?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2014 5:43 AM PST

Since there has NEVER been a driver update for the CD/DVD device in Windows, is this some joke played on everyone by Microsoft? Think about it (after you figure it out.) I've learned to wait on those that insist the message is correct and wait for them to hunt down that driver Microsoft sent them to look for.

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by msnewbie / March 3, 2014 8:29 AM PST
In reply to: Great issue there?

I do realize you are the King of this site or something, but why are you usually so not helpful? This comes from experiences here over some time now. Just wondering. I don't see a mention of an "update" attempt that would warrant your reply. Maybe I'm misreading something here.

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by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / March 3, 2014 8:37 AM PST
In reply to: Whatever

I hope you figure out the bad joke by Microsoft fast. My comment is that the times are over that Microsoft would expect you to know that the error and the update button didn't mean what they coughed up.

My comment is not about you but as a comment about how many get lost looking for said driver.

It's my question to you. Do you feel Microsoft should get out of the 90's?

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Point taken
by msnewbie / March 3, 2014 8:49 AM PST
In reply to: Maybe.

No problem. As we spoke I somehow got my laptop to recognize the CD device. Somewhere inside Yeh, most of their messages didn't ring true! Thanks to all who replied

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