HoppaLong

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  1. I ran the "Add Hardware" applet in the Control Panel several times. There are dozens of Registry Keys showing the Pioneer burner installed, but the applet never finds anything. You can't "manually" select the device because it never appears on the list. The new PSU was installed several weeks before I replaced the CMOS battery. XP was completely stable (and normal) with the new PSU. After replacing the CMOS battery and restoring the RAID settings I booted into XP Pro. That's when the CD/DVD drive vanished from the system. I've built numerous load boxes since I was a kid. I have three in my workshop for small, medium, and large capacity power supplies. They're equipped with temperature sensors that shutdown the supply if it runs too hot during a test. Both old and new PSUs tested good. I also completely agree that testing is not definitive. Any device can fail. I think replacing that 25 cent battery screwed up the mobo firmware. These BIOS chips are EEPROMs (Electrically Erasable Programmable Read-Only Memory). There are bootable apps that will delete or "erase" everything. Don't worry, I'm not going to do it! This desktop has two eSATA hard drives. (USB 3.0 came along and quickly dethroned eSATA.) Most of the time they're not powered up. I use them mainly for backups and long term storage. At this point, I'm a little confused about the link you provided for "HotSwap!" I don't think I completely understand the benefits of this app. Are you saying "HotSwap!" might resolve the problems I'm having with my CD/DVD drive? If HotSwap! works that would be great. If not, I might buy a new CD/DVD drive or retire this desktop. It's hard to believe replacing a coin cell battery would cause so much grief. Ironically, it was an email from a friend that prompted me to replace the battery. He listed several awful problems with a laptop. Like most people, he didn't make backups so he was really upset! I recommended replacing the CMOS battery. All his laptop problems were cured. Too bad I didn't have the same luck with my desktop.
  2. Believe it or not, I may be very close to a solution! 1. Removed CMOS battery again. The contacts looked bright and shiny, but I cleaned them anyway with an electronics oxidation remover. Installed a different battery. 2. "Pioneer DVD-RW" is now listed correctly on the Boot Menu. BartPE booted perfectly. Problem solved. 3. When XP Pro completed startup, I disconnected and reconnected the power plug for the Pioneer burner. Almost instantly, my Pioneer CD/DVD drive is restored to Device Manager, My Computer, etc. YIPPIE!! For a few minutes I thought this nightmare was over. Unfortunately, when you reboot the problem returns. Gone from Device Manager and all the other locations it should be listed. 4. The Pioneer optical drive is model DVR-2920Q. I already have the lastest firmware installed. I ran the installer just to see what would happen. No go. Can't flash again with the same firmware. I've learned a lot about this problem, but I don't know what to do next. Disconnecting and reconnecting the power plug fixes the problem while XP Pro is running. What is the final step? I must find a way to keep the CD/DVD drive installed after a reboot (or a shutdown and startup). ( A computer SMPS is a marvel of engineering, but I always replace them before they get old or run too hot. The SMPS in this desktop was replaced about two months ago. The old one tested good, so I'll keep it as a spare.)
  3. When you buy external or internal hardware the manufacturer usually provides a junk cable. I never use them! The best SATA cables have a sturdy latch which keeps the plug firmly in its port. With a massive harness of wires in most desktop towers, all cables should have latch. If they don't I use small zip-ties so the plug never loosens. Except for the floppy drive, all hardware in this desktop I built several years ago is SATA. I wanted a speed boost, so I used two identical hard drives and setup a RAID 0 configuration in the CMOS. These days, you can buy screaming fast computers for less than $2000.00. I would never build another RAID 0! I've used laptops until they fall apart, but this desktop is in my home office. It was never used a lot, so it's almost like new. The mobo has spare SATA ports. I switched ports. Sure enough, the port number displayed next to my Pioneer burner reflected the number on the mobo. Obviously, there is nothing wrong with the SATA cable. jaclaz, I printed out the CMOS settings before changing the battery, but it was a waste of ink! Except for the RAID settings which I restored in five minutes, all other settings are default. As you suggested, I tried "Load Fail-Safe Defaults." For a few seconds it appeared to be working. The monitor displayed "Loading CD/DVD Drive" and the BartPE boot disk started to spin up. After that it just stopped! The monitor displayed nothing. I've never seen anything like this before! A couple of days before replacing the battery, I used my CD/DVD drive with a BartPE disk to create a new image backup. You probably know that imaging backup apps (like Acronis) don't work with RAID. The solution is a BartPE disk (or similar) with your backup software as a plugin. It works flawlessly. Except for my RAID CMOS settings, everything else is "Load Optimized Defaults." Since 99.9% of the CMOS settings are default, I don't understand why I'm having all this trouble. If this problem really is in the CMOS, replacing the Pioneer burner with a new model won't fix anything. It would be nice if I could flash the BIOS with some new firmware. Gigabyte doesn't have an update for this mobo.
  4. jaclaz, the CD/DVD drive is not shown in Device Manager or Disk Manager. Following your suggestion, I immediately rebooted and pressed the F12 key for the Boot Menu. Fortunately, I have many BartPE boot disks. They always worked perfectly before I replaced the CMOS battery. Now, the BartPE disk failed to boot! There has got to be something wrong in the CMOS settings. What else could it be? In the CMOS under "Advanced BIOS Features" the boot order is selected. "Hard Disk Boot Priority" lists the disk where your operating system is installed. There is usually no reason the change these default settings. First, second, and third boot devices are seperate items in the CMOS: First Boot Device Second Boot Device Third Boot Device My CD/DVD drive is listed as "Pioneer DVD-RW." If I was a little crazy, I could select "Pioneer DVD-RW" for first, second, and third boot devices. I've tried changing the boot order for "Pioneer DVD-RW" at least a dozen times. "Disabled" is also an option for each boot device. Nothing works! During bootup when the Pioneer burner is listed on the monitor I also clearly see the LED go on and off for POST. The tray opens and closes when I press the switch. It's working normally, but XP is failing to "see" this device. There is something a little scary I could try. Most external USB hardware is "hot swappable." I don't know what would happen if I shutdown the computer, pulled the power connector to the internal CD/DVD drive and reconnected the power cable while the computer is running. XP might respond and reinstall the device. I've never connected internal hardware while a computer is powered up. I'm afraid it might damage the CD/DVD drive. Should I try this procedure? I still think the answer is in the CMOS. Besides selecting the boot order for the Pioneer burner, what other CMOS settings might be causing this problem?
  5. XP Pro_SP3 BIOS type and version is: Award Modular BIOS v6.00PG I had one of those "OH MY GOD" moments when I realized my oldest desktop had the original factory installed CMOS battery (CR2032) on the mobo. Before replacing the battery, I was able to print out the CMOS settings so they could be quickly restored. During bootup, I see my Pioneer CD/DVD Burner clearly listed on the monitor. If I had not restored the CMOS settings correctly, the Pioneer Burner would be absent from the bootup listings. I've checked the CMOS settings several times, but XP no longer recognizes this hardware in Explorer, My Computer, or Device Manager. I have a huge cache of documents, files, and applets all about fixing problems with Windows. Two Microsoft KB articles suggest a few Registry edits. Didn't work. I also have an applet authored by Doug Knox called "XP_CD-DVD-Fix.exe." The idea is to restore your CD/DVD drive(s) to Explorer. Didn't work. Obviously, XP provides native driver support for this type of hardware. I almost wish there were third party drivers to reinstall! If the operating system is not at fault, there must be something in the CMOS settings I failed to restore. What can I do in XP or the CMOS settings that might resolve this problem?
  6. As usual, I sort of fix the problem, but never take the final step! When "Full Control" was grayed out on some Keys related to an uninstalled app, I did add a tick next to "Replace permission entries on all child objects . . . " What I didn't do was tick that same item for an entire Registry Hive. That's why I was having so much trouble! GrofLuigi, I can never wreck any of my systems. (No, I'm not crazy either!) Since I was kid, I've been involved with electronics. I've been a partner in two electronics related businesses. My main desktop at home (a multi-boot computer) is protected by huge piles of full image backups and several other things. I want full control of the Registry, because anything I accidentally damage can be reversed from outside the system in five minutes or less. If I really want total control of the Registry, should I also tick this item under Advanced -> Permissions: "Inherit from parent the permission entries that apply to child objects . . ."
  7. OK. I'll reply to both topics. After several days of system crashes when I inserted a USB stick, I finally noticed the XP AutoPlay feature was going nuts! I opened Sysinternals Autoruns and removed the tick from this item: ShellHWDetection -- Provides notifications for AutoPlay hardware events. I also disabled AutoPlay in the Group Policy Editor. That was it! I could fill my desktop hub with flash drives and the system remained quiescent. The problem was gone forever. jaclaz, I downloaded and installed CleanAfterMe a few weeks ago. I also have MRU-Blaster, CCleaner, and CyberScrub Privacy Suite. When I don't have a problem at home or my business I forget about this monster collection of documents I've got all related to "system problems and their solutions." You're right, of course. USB Registy Keys can become bloated over time. I just didn't remember. NirSoft's great scripting program NirCmd, may be the most useful app I've ever downloaded! That's why I usually trust everything from NirSoft. Well, I could always run CleanAfterMe with a tick next to "Installed USB Devices" before rebooting or shutting down. No harm is done and the keyboard is always restored to Device Manager. I just wish I had read that darn version history before installing the app.
  8. XP Pro_SP3 If I select any Registry Hive and go to Edit -> Permissions there is a tick next to "Full Control." That means all the sub-keys under each Hive should allow me to modify, rename, delete, etc. I'm suppose to have complete control over the Registry, but I don't. Dialog boxes are appearing when I try to delete some Keys. I have to right-click for the Context Menu and select Permissions -> Full Control. Sometimes, "Full Control" is grayed out and I'm forced to change or edit the "Advanced" settings. These Keys are not System related! They're junk that should be deleted from the Registry. I've been working in the Registry since it was introduced by Microsoft (Windows 3.1). I know what I'm doing. If you're a "Reg Hacker," which I suppose describes me, then you know how to safely edit the Registry. Many years ago I stopped using all but the most conservative Registry Cleaners. Remember some of those cleaners with names like "Drill" or "Blaster?" If you didn't have a backup your System was toast! How can I fix this "Permissions" problem? Maybe I should change something in the Group Policy Editor?
  9. I may have posted on a couple of forums about my keyboard suddenly vanishing from Device Manager. Someone suggested that it might be defective, but it worked fine when plugged into other computers. Because I like almost everything created by NirSoft, it never crossed my mind that a NirSoft app was the cause of my keyboard trouble. I ran CleanAfterMe side-by-side with Device Manager. The moment I selected the "Yes" button for "Do you want to clean the selected items?" my keyboard vanished from Device Manager. Unfortunately, I failed to read the version history!! The author writes: "Made another change in cleaning the 'installed USB devices', and Hopefully, this change will fix the problem of disconnecting the USB mouse/keyboard in some computers." Can someone explain why anything related to "Installed USB Devices" needs to be cleaned? I've never seen this option in any other Windows Cleaner, unless the name changes with different apps.
  10. I'm sure you've seen those classic Warner Bros. cartoons created by the brilliant Chuck Jones. I remember a Jones cartoon that showed a firing squad in a circle. Naturally, they shoot each other! jaclaz, I'm guilty of using circular logic, like the cartoon. I'm describing how much I like an old app that's still working, while almost asking for a newer version that doesn't exist. Sorry for my dumb post.
  11. Many apps created for early versions of Windows continue to function normally, even with the latest Windows systems. I'm always surprised when "stone age" apps keep puttering along with no problems! I continue to use my favorite search app called MicroPlanet Registry Studio. See attached jpeg. As far as I can tell, there was only one version. It was never updated. It's simple and completely intuitive. Just type anything into the search box. Select an item from the resultant list and the Registry instantly opens to that Key or Value. How many authors have created Registry search apps? A million or two, at least. Can someone recommend an app similar to the old Registry Studio?
  12. I FINALLY FOUND THE CORRECT DESKTOP DRIVERS FOR MY KEYBOARD! THEY ARE ABSOLUTELY NOT LISTED AT THE KENSINGTON SITE! I'M NOT GOING TO PHONE OR EMAIL KENSINGTON, SO IT WILL REMAIN A MYSTERY! Here they are at helpdrivers.com: http://www.helpdrivers.com/keyboards/Kensington/KeyboardWorks/ Scroll down the page until you see Kensington KeyboardWorks for Desktops. Filename: Kensington-K64356.exe (About 1MB) Installed app. It works perfectly.
  13. System: XP Pro_SP3 Kensington Pro Fit USB/PS2 Washable Keyboard Model Number: M01067 Part Number: K64407 Heres is the Kensington list of software/driver downloads: http://www.kensington.com/us/us/3693/software-drivers#.V4bh-oGOCho I think this is the only logical download on the list for a basic corded keyboard: Kensington KeyboardWorks For Desktops_v1.2 Filename: 62kkw_desktop.exe There is a listing for multimedia keyboards, but the washable model is definitely not multimedia! I've installed MouseWorks many times for corded mice. There is nothing else except KeyboardWorks for a corded keyboard plugged into a desktop. I used Revo Uninstaller Pro to remove the old software. I also deleted all remaining remnants from the System and Registry. I didn't want anything to screw up the smooth transition from old to new keyboard. After plugging in the new keyboard I installed the Kensington software and rebooted. Something is wrong. It's like the software was never installed. XP does not recognize the new keyboard or drivers. I reverted the system back to a previous image before the old keyboard was uninstalled. (I'm not using Windows System Restore.) My computer at home is kind of a hybrid cross between a server and a desktop. A huge number of clean image backups allows me to undo almost anything. I performed a Google search for Kensington model M01067. Look at this page from the popular PC Driver site: http://www.pcdriverdownload.com/driver_info/kensington_pro_fit_usb_ps2_washable_keyboard It says, "Unfortunately, the publisher of this driver has not submitted any valid download links. If you know where we can find it, please notify us here." Guys, I need to know if KeyboardWorks_v1.2 is the correct download for model M01067. If not, which package should I download? One last thing. jaclaz had to upload the KeyboardWorks file to an alternate location. I had a very strange problem when I tried downloading directly from the Kensington site. This post explains what happened: http://www.msfn.org/board/topic/175789-help-cannot-download-kensington-keyboardworks/ If you know which package I should download for model M01067, please upload the file to an alternate location. I don't think the problem I had a few days ago has been fixed.
  14. Got the file. Thank you jaclaz. Two days ago I was about to order some new computer hardware. I always download the software and/or drivers before buying hardware. The hardware is worthless if you don't have the proper software. jaclaz, I agree with you about the size of KeyboardWorks. I should not have said, "This file is only 8.7MB."
  15. This seems impossible, but it's happening to me! Here is a direct link for Kensington KeyboardWorks For Desktops_v1.2: http://accoblobstorageus.blob.core.windows.net/software/58e775d9-672b-420b-8523-f4d3c52af9a2.zip I've tried three browsers. They all stopped downloading at 92%. My favorite download manager, FlashGet, announced "ALL DONE" at 92%. I have no idea why this is happening! It reminds me of the internet in the early days. Downloads were frequently erratic and unpredictable. I'm amazed that I can't find an alternate link for this app at huge software sites like Majorgeeks, CNET, etc. For example, Majorgeeks has Kensington MouseWorks. Why don't they have a link for KeyboardWorks? If you can find an alternate link, that's what I need. This file is only 8.7MB. If no alternate links are available, maybe one of you could download a copy and send it as an attachment to my email address. (I'll provide my email address in a private message.)