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For some reason, I upgraded my windows vista to 7 on my acer aspire 5520. The CD/DVD device was missing from my computer. Articles told me to go in device manager and uninstall the device and restart so windows can reinstall it for me.

Where in device manager is this driver? Under what category will I find it?

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There should a category for CD/DVD drives unless Windows thinks you don't have any in the computer (which is probably the case if you're having trouble finding it).

Check to be sure the drive isn't loose, broken, disabled in the BIOS, or otherwise disabled too.

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If the drive doesn't appear in the location shown in the photos, you can try adding a piece of hardware manually. See http://www.microsoft.com/whdc/driver/tips/addhwwizw7.mspx for details.

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If it doesn't appear automatically, adding it manually isn't going to work. Those directions are really meant for pre-PNP devices, which this is not. –  Chris S May 10 '10 at 2:20
    
yes/no, sometimes pnp doesn't recognise devices. –  bryan May 10 '10 at 3:47

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