Similar problems have been posted here recently and I haven't seen a clear
resolution yet. Some have suggested that a recent Windows Update caused
this kind of problem, but I have all updates and have had no such problem.
I've never had a ThinkPad or any other laptop, but I don't see how that
would make any difference.
In addition to Microsoft sources, have you asked IBM support? It could be a
hardware problem, of course, since you say the drive appears intermittently.
Anything from loose or kinked cables to a dead drive. :>(
R. C. White, CPA
San Marcos, TX
Microsoft Windows MVP
(Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64)
"KEK" <KEK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
> Thanks for your suggestion. I looked in Disk Management and it's not in
> there either. I also forgot to add that in the past few months when the
> drive was recognized it read CDs and DVDs just fine. If you have anymore
> suggestions I would love to hear them. Thanks again.
> "R. C. White" wrote:
>> Hi, KEK.
>> > I also can't find the drive in the Device Manager,
>> > Explorer, or My Computer.
>> Can you find it in Disk Management? There you can assign it a drive
>> Windows Explorer should be able to find it then.
>> There are several ways to get to Disk Management. Maybe the easiest is
>> click Start and then type: diskmgmt.msc
>> "KEK" <KEK@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
>> > I have a IBM thinkpad R40 with XP home and the factory CD/DVD drive in
>> > it.
>> > The drive is getting power and will spin when a disk is inserted but
>> > aborts
>> > after a few seconds. I also can't find the drive in the Device
>> > Manager,
>> > Explorer, or My Computer. This has been happening on and off for a few
>> > months, but it would come back usually after a restart. Yesterday the
>> > drive
>> > would appear after a restart if I searched for it immediately upon
>> > start
>> > up.
>> > Now it's completely AWOL, I can't find it anywhere. I've tried
>> > everything
>> > I
>> > can think of including:
>> > Restarts
>> > Entire troubleshoot protocol from Help and Support
>> > Filter limit changes - I don't have the filter limits, tried creating
>> > them,
>> > nothing changed
>> > Physically removing/replacing the device multiple times and ways
>> > And to top it all off, I don't have a system backup.
>> > If anyone has any ideas, I would love to hear them as I'm at my wit's
>> > end.
>> > Thank you for any suggestions