I have a 2005 Dell Inspiron.
I installed iTunes a while back and had problems burning CDs. It wouldn't "finalize".
The CD drive would sometimes disappear from "My Computer". Itunes would tell me that there is no CD drive available.
One day I plugged in a thumb drive and my CD drive reappeared, this time with the drive letter "F" instead of the previous "E".
I ripped a CD yesterday, and afterward I noticed that the CD drive was no longer showing up in "My Computer".
Today, I rebooted half a dozen times. It has helped to reboot before, but not this time. I upgraded iTunes, did a system restore, even looked at the regedit. I have upperfilters but no lowerfilters listed. I ran a virus scan, adware scan, disk cleanup and defragger.
I connected my digital camera via USB, and, as usual, the laptop sees it as a removable drive. I offload my PICs, click the "safely remove hardware", and remove the camera.
I looked in "My Computer", and the CD drive reappeared!
What is causing this, and what can I do?