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A while back, my laptop stopped showing that I had a cd/dvd drive in both "My Computer" and "Device Manager". The Bios was showing a drive, and the drive works in other laptops. I have done the whole regestry delete of the upper and lower files, that Microsoft said to do.....still no luck. I have even taken the laptop back to fatory settings via the Alt+F10 function. I have also tried other working drives, and still no luck on the said laptop. I know it is not the drive, the motherboard seems to read it (as it will let me boot from it), but Windows just will not show any drive. I am using an Acer Aspire 5100 running Windows Vista Home Premium. I am surprised that I am having this issue, being that I have 3 acer laptops and this is the only one giving me a problem. The laptop is 5 years old and out of warrenty. Normaly I would just buy a new laptop, but I am passing this down to my 10 year old daughter, and just can't warrent spending money on a new laptop. Especially when money is tight.
Tried Acer's Erecovery tool, and now the drive isn't even showing up in Bios......this is frustrating.