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Thread: Help Needed! CD drives disappeared from win XP!

  1. #1
    Join Date
    Sep 2002


    HI -

    I hope it's ok to post my problem here, any help will be deeply appreciated.

    I installed CDRwin 5.0 and shortly after, uninstalled it.
    after restarting my computer, both my CD-drives (atapi CD-rom on IDE and yamaha internal SCSI CD-RW drive) disappeared from win-xp - i.e they don't show up in "my computer", and no application sees them

    also, in the device manager, they are both marked with a small yellow "!".

    what kind of solutions can i try to regain access to my cd drives??

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Jul 2002
    Canberra, Australia


    Here is a thread from Via Arena forums which suggests the fix I used.

    Basically you search for and delete instances of the "lowerfilters" string in the Registry. It worked for me. I can't recall if I also had to delete "upperfilters" as well.

    Make sure you back up your registry first. It worked for me, but it can be risky.

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