Originally posted by mhurley
[B]Hmmm...Interesting points. Windows update is not on automatic and I usually review each install before I let it go in...Don't remember anything about IDE drivers.
I did have Daemon tools installed as a virtual CD drive emulator. I uninstalled it and my mystery 3rd CD-ROM drive disappeared from Device Manager (now makes sense to me what that was), however the 2 real drives are still coming up as SCSI.
I do have all the factory software installed (Burning, DVD player..etc.) so maybe I'll pull all that and start over. I'd hate to do a system restore because of potentially losing some other stuff.
System restore affects only the windows and program files folders and the user settings.
Documents and downloaded files should not be affected.
System restore will usually create restore points at the following intervals if it is activated.
- First Startup of everyday
- Install of any programs or drivers.
- Uninstall of any programs or drivers.
So if you use system restore, there should be a system restore point for the day/ a few days before you had the trouble. I suspect that the virtual scsi device driver from demon tools may be the culprit.
Maybe you can reinstall a current version? and then uninstall. It might recognise the previous driver left in the system and replace it. Then when it's uninstalled will do it correctly.
Also, to remove a device properly, it should be done in safe mode, if possible.
However, some devices don't turn up in the device manager in safe mode. Annoying but true.