I was installing AnyDVD 18.104.22.168. It installed just fine and wanted to reboot. No problem, reboot the PC. (XP Pro, SP2)
System reboots and I get error messages from Nero (v7) and some Pinnacle DriveCheck (or something, likely from my Studio 9 install). I don’t recall which piece of software gave the first error, but it went something like The upper limits and lower limits for your DVD Drive in the registry have changed. Continuing may cause your drives to stop working. Do you want to continue? So, thinking “eh, probably just some silly run entry in the reg that Nero installed and can be ignored due to the nature of what AnyDVD does. It’s probably just some overly safe message for novice users.” So I go ahead and continue.
Then another message pops up. I think it was from the Pinnacle entry in the run section of the reg that said something about a drive (DVD) error. Again, I just went ahead and rolled with it.
I go into My Computer, and WHOA! No drives! That’s not good. So I check Device Manager. Both my drives [BenQ DW1640 & LG GSA-4163B] are sporting the yellow (!). . There’s also another entry which I didn’t recognize (“GS7257K AUE174W Scsi CdRom Device”) which has the (!). Also, my processor is now flagged (!)AMD AthlonXP+ 2700.
SO! I reboot again. No drives.
I remove the drives from Device Manager, reboot. No drives.
I uninstall AnyDVD, reboot. No drives.
I put on the most recent nVidia nForce mobo drivers. Reboot. No drives.
I physically disconnect the drives, boot up, (no drives of course), shutdown, plug 'em back in, reboot. They are back in Device Manager with the (!), but not in My Computer (nor being recognized by any apps).
I reinstalled Nero v7 and the newest 7.1.x patch/demo/update/BS hoping it would correct whatever it was. Nope! No drives.
Anyone? Anyone at all? Bueller? Bueller? I’m DOA right now, and it sucks. It’s going to be a loooong weekend I fear…