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DVD drive is powered off, Lenovo X230, Windows 8.1 64 bit

  1. #1


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    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit

    DVD drive is powered off, Lenovo X230, Windows 8.1 64 bit


    I apologize for my english in advance.
    Yesterday I update my laptop to Windows 8.1(full specifications are available in my profile).
    Then I noticed the following: The icon of DVD drive was changed and:
    "Drive is powered off. To turn on the optical drive, press the eject button on the optical drive".
    After pressing the DVD drive is powered on, but after few minutes it powered off again.

    Thanks in advance for the help.

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    Posts : 2,627
    win8.1.1 enterprise


    i think thats normal behavour , it will work when ever you need to use it ,can you right click on the icon and click on eject to open it [i cant check mine right now on iam my mac]almost positive mine is like that
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    Posts : 11
    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Thank you for answer, caperjack.
    But no, this was not normal behavior for the past year. This is from today. After starting the computer, everything is normal. 2-3 minutes later, the DVD icon is changing and the device turns off

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    win8.1.1 enterprise


    you said it started after win8.1 update' win8.1 is more than a update its a full kernel upgrade,with many changes ,and i have see this on other laptops and towers ,and assume it to be normal ,power saving option ,i thought ,but i could be wrong
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    What happens when you put a disk in the drive, it should power up.

    Check in your Device Manager, see if the device is Disabled but still there, if so, enable it.
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    Posts : 11
    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    I cant put a disk in drive without opening it before. But when I push button for openining the drive is power on.
    Its a fist way to power on. The second is - with double click on icon of empty drive.
    There no problems with status of drive in device manager.

    Maybe next additional information will help know how to diagnose the problem and help me solve it.
    As you know, the installer warns that will remove some applications during the upgrade. One of these, I see that it is removed is virtual CD 10. Furthermore, I noticed something else. I use Ultra Base. It saw in devices and printers and in eject button. Now instead appeared following device: __ RAID__ _DUMMYDEVICE____ SCSI Other Device.

    Ufffff. Before the upgrade I did image of the system with Acronis. I do not know whether to downgrade to Windows 8 with Acronis.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    AH I know what it is then - The Optical Device you see - Is not a real device, it is what is leftover from Virtual CD.

    What you may try to do is stick a CDVD in the drive, and open Drive Manager - Then see if it shows up in Driver Manager - If it does, assign a letter.

    Otherwise you may have to run a DISM command to restore the OS image. Try what I suggest first, see if a CD that you insert shows up in Drive manager without a letter added, if it does, add a letter. It will sport a brand new Optical Device, the other one that is there is a dead Virtual Drive.

    Also, go into Device manager when you have a CD in the drive that you inserted prior to booting. Then go into Device Manager and scan for updates - Right Click on the real Optical device, and choose Scan for New Hardware.

    If the dummy device is in Device Manager - REMOVE IT.

    You should have cancelled your Update when that happened with Virtual CD, and went in a d removed it manually - this is the source of this whole problem.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    See, in Device Manager choose "Show Hidden Devices" and look for your Dummy CD Drive in the CD Drives list

    Dont touch the MS Virtual drive, just remove that one Dummy drive:

    Click image for larger version

    (I dont have any other dummies, but that is where the dummy you have will show up)

    And next - STOP using Virtual CD, use UltraISO instead, its pretty cheap. You can also use MagicDisc - both are compatible with 8 and 8.1 - MagicDisc will add dummy drives as well, but they vanish when not used.

    Once you get rid of your dummy drive, you should be able to open your Tray from within windows.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    There is one other thing I need you to do - Open your Folder View Options and set it this way:

    Click image for larger version
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    Posts : 11
    Win 8.1 Pro 64-bit


    Thank you very much, XweAponX !

    I begin to consistently execute everything you've written. Too bad about the virtual CD, which I used almost 10 years. I used to ask, and what to do about the problem with UltraBase, which I already wrote?

    And small offtopic.
    It's 05.40 AM. The clock in the forum wrong shows that my Local Time in Bulgaria is 06:40 AM. That was until October 30, when the period of Daylight Saving Time expired and the clock is set 1 hour backward in accordance with astronomical time. I will kindly ask if anyone administrator reads this and if this will not create you difficulties to adjust it. My time zone is UTC +2.00 like Athens and Helsinki.

    Excuse me for my english again.
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