Totally confused. Having such a sequence of events lately & idk how cause I rarely use my CD/DVD drive. It is supposed to show up as drive e:/ Seems it had vanished...Windows or the computer wasn't recognizing it (no idea why?). Read several tutorials & found a page with a solution that worked. I recovered the drive...but each successive time I put a DVD in it to play, I could hear whirring inside the drive but nothing would happen & my whole computer would get clogged up; it's like it would hang. Then MY PC would show "not responding". I tinkered & tried various things. I would right click the icon for E:/ drive which was finally displaying the name of the movie which means it was recognizing the disk & the door was no longer popping open saying to "insert disk". But I found it interesting that "autoplay" did not list at the top of the drop down menu as it always had. No matter. I tried over & over to play a disk. Each time my computer became unresponsive & the movie would not play, inevitably the drive door would pop open or I'd have to do ctrl/alt/delete to end the function as another notice about "ending the app" would come up.
I have no idea what is going on. Everything was totally fine...I have not changed or altered anything then spontaneously I go to use the DVD drive to play a movie & this. I have been days trying to figure it out. Microsoft fixit cd/dvd scan & repair is what restored the drive by deleting the upfilter [I'd seen a page to do with going into regedit & looking for the HKEY & then clicking on the corresponding thing & deleting anything that said upfilter or downfilter...the Microsoft fixit was simpler]. There was something else (I forget the name of it) that the microsoft fixit reset...so there were a couple things wrong which were in accordance with all the literature about what happens when you lose your e://drive. But this does not explain why media won't play in it...I have cyberlink DVD 12 which came preloaded in the computer. I downloaded & installed the trial version of Cyberlink Powersuite DVD 14. Both media players do not load the disk...though there's media in the drive. I have tried to manually launch it which I've been able to do before cause sometimes the Cyberlink would stick...but that has nothing to do with whatever is happening...the drive is running but the media doesn't play. Again & again "MY PC" showed not responding & everything seemed to hang (clog up) I had to escape from it by doing ctrl, alt, delete. I've given up in utter frustration. Everything was always working & then suddenly I decide after months of streaming tv I want to watch a DVD & then I encounter this....nothing plays_I tried CD's as well & they don't play [it used to play everything...it used to play DVD-RW's & CD-R's...now nothing].
I'd hoped that restoring my computer from boot by using the recovery image on a USB flash drive would undo whatever it might be. That has not worked...& there's seemingly compound glitches that happened right around the time of the DVD player thing. No matter what I do Brink I can't get my system restore to function...not since 4-5 months after having the computer yet I've read every tutorial & employed each step trying to correct it...so as a last resort I tried to do the system restore from bootup which had worked once before (you told me this...I don't have the steps anymore)...the computer HUNG on restoring files...it did this to infinity then ultimately didn't reset....it went back to initializing. I'm so exasperated I give up with SYSTEM restore never working! It's been a year & every tech guide says the same thing...I still can't get it to function yet it's setting restore points. Stupid.
Then...on top of all that. Now I keep losing my internet connection or something. It's to do with the network connection. Last 2 days...repeat messages "windows failed to automatically detect proxy settings". I corrected this once by going into Chrome advanced settings & clicking on "connect direct to local network"; rebooted the computer...bingo, back on the internet. Tonight I'm watching Masterchef, I do browser back so I can select the next episode & everything HANGS. Then I get a webpage can't load notice. I have lost the internet connection. I go back into system settings to uncheck automatic detection of proxy & do manual....2x's I had to do this before it finally TOOK & I got the internet back. What on EARTH is going on with this machine!? I've done network security scans...diagnostic scans which frequently herald "cannot connect to internet" contact network admin. I've done malware scans...all kinds of scans & they are turning up nothing to explain this so I'd guess it's not a virus. There's literally ghosts in the machine. I'm wondering if it's the modem? I'm on Bell sympatico with a GATEWAY 2. PLEASSSSE HELP me resolve the DVD player issue & the internet connection thing. I've been procrastinating having to use up my cell minutes to call into HP or Bell. Computer is 15 months old so past warranty & HP Assistance was only included for 1 year. It's also expired...so I doubt I have anymore free access to their rudimentary scripted diagnostics [pathetic anyways...did the same thing on my own reading from the internet]