Why does my Windows laptop no longer recognize my DVD player and recorder?

michael June 22, 2011

My laptop has stopped recognizing my DVD player/recorder. It says my drivers are up to date and I can find no other way to get it to work, play or record.

  1. Tina
    June 25, 2011 at 10:46 pm


    were you able to fix your DVD player and recorder? What was the problem?

  2. Vincent Tsie
    June 23, 2011 at 2:37 am

    Or that round thing that read your dvd is damaged

    June 22, 2011 at 9:00 pm

    Hello, If your drivers are up to date, the easiest way to make your computer recognize your drive/drives is by deleting the drives entry in the Device Manager.  To do so, follow the next steps:

    If using XP:
    -- click on start key + Pause/Break at same time
    -- on menu select Hardware
    -- click on Device Manager
    -- find DVD/CD drives and expand it
    -- highlight the entry for your DVD/CD drive
    -- right click on it and select uninstall
    -- restart computer
    -- windows will install the entry for you
    -- try your drive

    if Using Windows 7 you will need to open device manager with administrator account:
    -- click on start key + Pause/Break key
    -- on left hand box, click on device manager
    -- follow the same steps as above 

    This should work....unless your drive is dead

  4. Anonymous
    June 22, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    1. Click Start

    2. Right Click My computer, and click manage
    3. Click Storage, and assign a letter to your disk drive

    or uninstal the driver from DreviceManager and reboot then let windows to reinstal a new one.