I’m running WinXP Pro with three CD/DVD devices. Roxio EasyCD program nullifies access to any of the three! When I try to rip CD to MP3 the computer can’t access any one of the three drives. Same when I try to play a music CD or read a data CD. I am able to cold boot and find the drives, but after I use the system for a while, it “loses” the CD/DVD drives. Dave, what’s up?
I asked a colleague to research this one as it was quite specific and my PC, well, let’s just say that while it can run WinXP Pro, it’s not quite up to three CD/DVD devices…
He offers a solution that involves using the regedit program, which might or might not be more technical detailed (read “geeky”) than you’re ready to handle. If you are, however, here’s how to do it:
- Bring up the run prompt by choosing “Start” -> “run”.
Type regedit in the box and click OK.
- Navigate through folders in left hand column by double left clicking
the folders in the following order:
- In the right hand column, right click on the following items and
If you are unable to find these items, move directly to step 5
- Once deleted restart your computer and if that fails to resolve your
problem try step 5
- If steps 1-4 didn’t work, then do this: Choose “start” -> “Control Panel” -> “Performance and maintenance” -> “System” -> “Hardware” -> “Device Manager”
- Double left click IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers
- Right click Secondary IDE Channel and select uninstall.
- After XP is done uninstalling, right click IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers and select Scan for Hardware Changes.
- Once finished restart your computer.
If this doesn’t do the trick, then it’s a hardware problem,
check your cabling, three CD/DVD devices does suggest things could be
getting a little congested.