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Toshiba Notebook not recognizing DVD-ROM drive!

I have a Toshiba U305-7467 running Vista Premium Home Edition SP1 and yesterday I turn it on to see that I have no optical drive listed in my computer. I go to device manager, and there's no optical drive their either. This is not the first time this has happened, the first time I had to delete my upper and lower filters in the dvd drive registry. It seems that alot of these issues started after updating to SP1 version of Vista. Im at a loss, i was going to just go back to factory, but i would need the drive for that, and i read rebooting from a usb optical drive is a nightmare...I need help! any ideas??

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Did you remove the filters again or not

In reply to: Toshiba Notebook not recognizing DVD-ROM drive!

I can't tell if you did that. It's a common issue that we all wish Microsoft would nail down.

As to booting from said drive, unless someone tweaked the BIOS or the drive has failed horribly it should work fine.

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removed filters

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When I went back to the registry, only the lower filters had reappeared. I removed them, but nothing. Oh might i add that the first time this happened, the device manager still could see he drive but it was not appearing in the my computer view. It showed an error that helped me find the solution that i used the first time around.

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Then time to try boot from dvd.

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No model number so I can't look at the history of said model. Those Pentium 4 units are famous for this issue but I must admit I can't find the model we are talking about.

Make sure the bios is set to show the drive. And if the bios can't see it, windows won't either. Reloading the OS will not make this drive issue go away.

What would I do? I'd pop the drive out and back in (no battery or AC please!) Then I'd try another new drive.

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Had exactly the same problem and this worked

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DVD drive disappeared on Toshiba U305-S7467. Followed first part of these great instructions:
It shows how to remove the memory cover, remove one screw in the lower left, and push out the DVD drive with a small screwdriver. There is a small thin metal bracket that attaches the drive - with one screw. The problem was that the small bracket had bent slightly outward, about 1/32". Removing the two screws that holds on the connector and bending it back straight, reattaching and reinserting the drive worked. BIOS now recognized the drive and the Windows did the same. Just a bent bracket!

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Link please.

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I admit I can't find that model on the USA Toshiba page. How about you sharing a link to it?

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model number correction...add a s

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im sorry its the toshiba satellite U305-S7467, and it has a core 2 duo T5450 processor, centrino config, bluetooth, abgn wireless, and a dvd-rw that doesnt work...ha

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