hi everyone. i don't know if this is the right forum to be posting in, but here goes. recently, my dvd drive and my cdrw drive have disappeared from my computer. for some reason, the computer just won't detect them. they're not in windows explorer, media player won't find them, nothing can find them. they still open and close and spin discs so i don't think they're broken.
here are things i have tried -
1)update the drivers. this i found to be an impossible task because nothing on my computer can detect the drives and liteon seems to have all of their tech support pages in chinese.
2)going to device manager and uninstalling the drives and rebooting. the problem with this was that even device manager can't find the drives.
3)opening regedit and deleting the upperfilters and lowerfilters of the cd/dvd keys and then rebooting. i didn't have upperfilters so i just deleted the lowerfilters. i rebooted but still nothing.
4)opening setup before windows loads and setting all drive detections to automatic. they were already all on automatic. so this resulted in nothing.
i'm running windows xp w/service pack 2. i have an athlon2500xp with 512mb ram. the dvd and cdrw drives that are missing are manufactured by liteon.
i'm at the end of my options here. does anyone here please have any other ideas on how i could fix this frustrating problem before i just reinstall windows? thanks in advance.