Optical drives never require a driver when used in any Windows os from Win95 up. Windows XP provides native support that allows this drive to read a data or music disk and to burn a cd-r disk. No support for playing dvd disks or for burning dvd disks. For that task, compatible recording & dvd decoding software is required.
If problem is non-detection by the os, read on....
There is a yellow exclamation mark for CD/DVD drives in Device Manager. The device status in the properties of the driver might indicate an error code, for example 32, 37, or 39.
To solve the issue, you have to edit the Windows Registry:
, then Run
, type REGEDT32
and click OK
Locate and then remove the following registry values:
Close Registry Editor.
Reboot the system for the changes to take effect.
Note: Some programs
are unable to detect the CD/DVD drive after these steps. To solve this, simply re-install the program in question, eg: usually your recording software. Also, in few instances the order in which the programs are (re-)installed can make a difference.
And here's another method that will do this automatically for you if you're afraid to edit the registry manually.
(automatic fix, post #7, download file: CdGone.zip)