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Windows stops reading dvd/cd until reboot! Why?!

by djrobsd / February 2, 2009 3:41 PM PST

On both my Windows XP Pro workstation, and my Vista laptop, the CD/DVD drive will sometimes stop working. It usually happens when I use DVD Shrink to read DVD's into my computer. When this happens, I have to reboot! This is very annoying and inconvenient. The drive still exists, but when you put a disc in, it doesn't read it.

Is there a way to refresh the system so it sees the cd/dvd drive without having to reboot?? I tried going into device manager and doing a refresh, but that doesn't work.

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Most common cause? Heat.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / February 2, 2009 11:44 PM PST
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Got same issue in Win7
by darkonex / March 9, 2010 11:01 PM PST

That PC cleanup will not help anything. I also have developed this same problem out of the blue in Windows 7. Even stranger is that not only does my DVD-RW quit reading disks, but I cannot mount an image with my virtual drive software and read anything on it. I was initially using Daemon Tools and basically when I had this issue with my physical drive, I also found if I mounted an image with Daemon Tools it mounted it but had the same issue of my physical drive, it didn't actually see anything on the disk! I then thought well maybe Daemon Tools was causing the issue so uninstalled it and installed some VirtualDrive software that is much better I might add, but my problems remain the same. I reboot and it starts working again. No errors to speak of in eventlog. Also oddly enough while I'm having this reading problem, I find I can put in a blank disk and burn something or even put in a retail disk and rip files off it!?!? Doesn't make any sense, and this is coming from a system admin, I have never seen anything like this before.

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