You cannot have an external optical drive with an IDE interface. Internal drives have IDE or SATA interfaces but not external drives. External drives come in USB and SCSI interface and neither require a driver when used in Windows XP. The actual drive can be IDE or SATA but if it's an external drive, it must be installed in a SCSI, SATA, or USB enclosure. Some very old external drives had Parallel Port interface but those haven't been made in many years.
What makes you believe that you need a driver? Is it not being recognized by the system or is missing from "My Computer"? All external drives that I've used over the years are all plug and play regardless of the interface. Some of the very early USB model drives did require a driver before the system could recognize the drive... perhaps yours is one of these early models.
And perhaps it needs a firmware update.... try this one: ftp://ftp.aopen.com.tw/pub/firmware/...616ARR_103.exe
Usually, firmware only gives the driver better ability to recognize more/different media... it doesn't make a non-working drive start working.
Or you can check here to see if a driver is available: http://global.aopen.com/download.aspx
And last, if you need further help, tell me what the interface is, ie: how does it connect to your computer? Is suspect it's an internal IDE connected drive.
Optical drives never require a driver when used in any Windows os from Win95 up. Windows XP, Windows Vista, & Windows 7 all provide native support that allows an optical drive to read a data or music disk and to burn a cd-r disk. No support for playing dvd disks, avi or mpeg video files, or for burning cd-rw or dvd disks. For those tasks, compatible 3rd. party recording & dvd decoding software is required. All modern optical drives are plug and play in all Windows OS's beginning with Windows 95.
If your drive has a SATA interface
, you'll need to locate/install a driver for the SATA controller before Windows XP can see/detect/auto-install the drive.
If your drive has an IDE interface
and if your problem is non-detection
, ie: drive is not listed
in My Computer
, and/or you get the following error message: Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing (Code 39/19),
this is a registry problem.
There's 5 different methods to fix this problem.... take your choice from below: (Note: All 5 fixes do exactly the same thing so there's no need to use more than one fix.) Warning: Do not apply this fix to optical drives having SATA interface.
Please read post #24 in this thread: http://forums.driverguide.com/showth...t=21669&page=4
It contains manual instructions on the delete the upper and lower filters fix
, that will solve the problem.
If only one of the two filters are listed, just proceed with deleting the one only, then resume.
Alternately, you can use any of the other fixes listed below: (Fix #3 is the easiest of all to use)
Also, there is a STICKY posted in this forum that contains a file from Microsoft and instructions that will do this registry edit automatically instead of having to do it manually.
You can find this thread here: http://forums.driverguide.com/showthread.php?t=30011
Fix #3: - (recommended fix)
And here's another method (CdGone.zip)
that will do this procedure automatically for you if you're afraid to edit the registry manually.
Alternately, download and install the DVD fix from this Web site: http://www.dougknox.com/xp/scripts/xp_cd_dvd_fix.vbs
Download the file and save it to Desktop. Open an "admin" Command Prompt
Note: You must copy and paste (into Notepad) the text on the Doug Knox page
then save it as xp_cd_dvd_fix.vbs
then run the .vbs file by typing the following at the console window:
Now.... after performing this fix, don't reboot yet. Next, (in Device Manager), uninstall all optical drives listed
(if none are listed, continue with next step)...
Reboot the pc or "scan for hardware changes". Your drive(s) should now be visible in My Computer
and work properly.
If the drive still fails to work properly after performing any of these fixes, it most likely will need to be replaced.
Also, for optical drive problems in Windows Vista
, read this HP web page.
Even though it's for HP/Compaq machines, the same principals applies to all modern IDE optical drives regardless of brand.
If your drive stopped working after installing an Adobe product, please read this thread.
Note: about 2/3rds. down the page
is a video that shows how to perform the "delete upper and lower filters fix".
This is a multi-page thread dealing with issues of the optical drive and problems encountered in Windows XP and Vista.
It covers a lot of issues and the most common causes and solutions. Click here
to read the thread.
You can get instructions for performing this fix from Microsoft at this page [in Windows XP]
and from this page. [in Windows 2000]
And recently, Microsoft started an online MS Fix-it program
that will duplicate the "delete upper and lower filters fix"
Instructions are posted here:
and here: http://support.microsoft.com/mats/cd...problems/en-us
The CD drive or the DVD drive does not work as expected on a computer that you upgraded to Windows Vista