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I have Windows Vista SP 2 on a Acer TravelMate 5520. The CD/DVD drive is not showing up in Windows however it does show up in the BIOS and I was able to boot using a Linux Live CD.

The drive does not show up in the device manager (not even with a yellow question mark). How can I get the drive working again.

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What is the model and brand of your CD/DVD Drive? – Daisetsu Sep 3 '10 at 18:07
    
Did the drive come with any drivers? Download those first and reboot. – Daisetsu Sep 3 '10 at 18:08

You should try the Microsoft Fix-It tools linked here. These fix this more often than not (as hard as it is to believe) and should take you only a few moments as they're completely automated.

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