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UEFI does not recognize DVD drive but it works in Windows

  1. #11


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I agree with the last two posts. If your system is set to boot UEFI only capable devices, it will not see the Basic DVD drive. To test, put a Windows 7 or Windows 8 DVD drive in the device BEFORE you boot and perhaps it will show up then. If it does, you may need to enable Legacy or UEFI boot devices in the CSM, depending on your Bios's configuration.

    I do wish we could get away from using the term Secure Boot when we really mean UEFI....

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  2. #12


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    Windows 10


    Lenovo IdeaPad G580

    When I insert Windows 7 32/64-bit DVD or Windows 8 32-bit DVD into my laptop, the DVD is not recognized (see screenshot below).

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    When I insert Windows 8 64-bit DVD into my laptop, the DVD is recognized (see screenshot below), because Windows 8 64-bit DVD is Secure Boot compatible.

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  3. #13


    Posts : 14
    Wndows 8


    Thanks for your help everyone. I am, of course, using the internal DVD drive that came in the system. I am trying to boot from a bootable Acronis TrueImage Rescue DVD that I made on the same system, as a kind of "fire drill" in case I ever need to use it. If I can't boot from it, it obviously is of no use. But surely, with or without secure boot on, the drive should still be recognizable in the UEFI even without a disk in it, since it works properly in Windows 8.1. Or am I missing something?
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  4. #14


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    On my AUS laptop, if there is no media in my optical drive it is not listed as a boot option. Your optical drive not being listed at all suggests to me that the CD or DVD may not bootable. No bootable media is being detected. What do you mean by "it works in Windows"?
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  5. #15


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Your optical drive not being listed at all suggests to me that the CD or DVD may not bootable. No bootable media is being detected.
    Her disk won't be bootable until she turns off Secure Boot ... won't it?
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  6. #16


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Your optical drive not being listed at all suggests to me that the CD or DVD may not bootable. No bootable media is being detected.
    Her disk won't be bootable until she turns off Secure Boot ... won't it?
    That's the million dollar question? I don't know, I've never booted my laptop from a DVD, I do all my installs from thumb drives. I haven't changed that setting in my BIOS, I had no need to.
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  7. #17


    Posts : 1,121
    Windows 8.1 x64


    I don't use Acronis, but I thought I remember hearing comments about the version used and whether it was UEFI capable. But if it is not UEFI capable, you probably have to enable the CSM and then set to Legacy or UEFI, and maybe set a Secure Boot setting to Other OS. But again, these settings depend on the exact Bios configuration.

    Picture is from my ASUS X99 motherboard with the CSM disabled, which means Secure Boot is enabled. The Windows 7 media will not complete a boot process but you can still select it for boot
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails UEFI Boot.jpg  
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  8. #18


    Yellow Belly
    Posts : 178
    Windows 8.1 with Bing x64


    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Your optical drive not being listed at all suggests to me that the CD or DVD may not bootable. No bootable media is being detected.
    Her disk won't be bootable until she turns off Secure Boot ... won't it?
    That's the million dollar question? I don't know, I've never booted my laptop from a DVD, I do all my installs from thumb drives. I haven't changed that setting in my BIOS, I had no need to.
    My very first thread here was asking how to boot from a bootable DVD.
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  9. #19


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by alphanumeric View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by stringjunky View Post

    Her disk won't be bootable until she turns off Secure Boot ... won't it?
    That's the million dollar question? I don't know, I've never booted my laptop from a DVD, I do all my installs from thumb drives. I haven't changed that setting in my BIOS, I had no need to.
    My very first thread here was asking how to boot from a bootable DVD.
    My laptops BIOS is UEFI, but being a laptop, it has very limited options as far as settings go. Other than a couple of extra options dealing with UEFI, it looks like any other BIOS I've ever used. I just don't have very much experience with UEFI, at this point to answer a lot of these issues. All I can comment on is what I've seen and hope it helps. And maybe gleam some info as the thread progresses and learn form what happens.
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  10. #20


    Posts : 14
    Wndows 8


    Alphanumeric - by "works in Windows" I mean that I can write and read DVDs normally with the drive. In spite of that, it never shows up anywhere in the UEFI/Bios, whether it has a bootable disk in it or not.
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