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cd drive gone, how do i get it back?

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I was uninstalling a game via the regedit programme (long story) and once i finished i put a cd in my cd drive. the computer then crashed and on restart i found that i have no cd drive (previously d: drive). obviously this is a problem and i have no idea how to get it back.

my computer is pretty old and running win 95, but i got a new cd drive a couple of months ago, an internal freecom CD-RW.

if anyone can help i would really appreciate it.

also, if its any help, i was following these instructions from the interplay forum:

How To Manually Uninstall BG2

If you delete the folder where BG2 is installed without doing a proper installation, or have other problems getting the installer to run because it thinks the game is already installed, you may need the following procedure, which outlines how to manually uninstall BG2.

Here is the procedure to manually uninstall BG2: Throne of Bhaal. This will also uninstall BG2: Shadows of Amn. To start regedit, go to "Start", then "Run", type "regedit" (without the quotes), and hit enter. Be careful when using regedit, there is no "undo" option, and all changes are automatically saved.

1. Edit the system registry using the regedit utility. Remove the following keys under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\ Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\App Paths\":



2. Remove the following keys under "HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\ SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\

English: {B8C3B479-1716-11D5-968A-0050BA84F5F7}

French: {43D4C77E-4339-11D5-96E7-0050BA84F5F7}

German: {5B09F344-4406-11D5-96E8-0050BA84F5F7}

Italian: {C3817924-440B-11D5-96E8-0050BA84F5F7}

Spanish: {68F40945-449D-11D5-96E9-0050BA84F5F7}

3. Go to your Program Files directory and find the hidden directory "InstallShield Installation Information" and delete the directories labeled:

English: {8DAE4336-2B71-11D4-9A6C-006067325E47} and {B8C3B479-1716-11D5-968A-0050BA84F5F7}

French: {43D4C77E-4339-11D5-96E7-0050BA84F5F7} and {5E30BDEB-9307-11D4-9AE0-006067325E47}

German: {5B09F344-4406-11D5-96E8-0050BA84F5F7} and {5E30BDEB-9307-11D4-9AE0-006067325E47}

Italian: {C3817924-440B-11D5-96E8-0050BA84F5F7} and {5E30BDEB-9307-11D4-9AE0-006067325E47}

Spanish: {68F40945-449D-11D5-96E9-0050BA84F5F7} and {5E30BDEB-9307-11D4-9AE0-006067325E47}

4. Manually delete all the files and directories created by the previous installation attempts (this should return the system to its state before the original installation attempt) and try again to install from the CD.
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Do you know if the drive is on the Primary or Secondary IDE channel? I've had this happen once. I deleted the Secondary IDE device in the Device Manager, and it re-detected it and the drive reappeared. I wouldn't do this if you have the CD drive on the Primary IDE channel because it might screw up the system since the hard drive with the OS is on the Primary IDE channel.
Hi, did you try restarting again without a cd in the drive?
I think it's on the primary channel because I replaced the origional with the new one, but I'm not sure. How can I check?

Also I can't get the CD out of the drive at all, it doesn't open.
Hi, have you tried anything using the 'Device Manager' yet?
Right click on the My Computer icon on your desktop and go into Device Manager. Look if there is a cd device installed, if not then go to the Control Panel and use the Install New Hardware Option. See how you go with this first, before tying something else.
If the drive won't open, that could be a more serious problem. You should be able to open the drive when you power on the computer before the OS boots. Does the drive light come on when you power on the computer? If not, it could be a loose power cable. To manually open the CD drive with the power off, stick a paper clip though the little hole on the front of the drive.
Have you tried restarting the computer?
try this! remove the cd rom from the device manager then shut down and unplug the computer remove the cover and unplug the cd-rom then restart the computer then shut it down again and unplug computer and reconnect the cd-rom start the computer back up windows will automaticllly detect and install the rom but you may need the driver should work after that if not the problem may be more serious
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