DVD RW drive not working after computer virus


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cutehumor

I had the virtuemonde virus on my sony vaio pcv rs520. I finally got rid of
it. It severly messed with my pc. It deactivated my xp, would not let me do
an online antivirus scan in safe mode, windows xp would not load, it took 9
hours to scan 120 gb hd. I finally got rid of it. now, I have some issues.
HL-DT-ST GWA 4040b dvd-rw drive not working. will not play cds or dvds.
every software I have is giving me an error or is completely freezing my
computer. dvd shrink gives me an "I/O error" Windows media player says the
"disc is diry or damaged, turn on error correction" However, I put the disc
in the second dvd rom drive and it plays perfectly in windows media player.
I checked device manager, device manager had it incorrectly listed as
"cd-rom" and not "dvd-rw" The virus must have did that. I uninstalled
"cd-rom", rebooted, now device manager correctly lists as 'dvd-rw" drive.
says it is enabled and working properly. I have tested this dvd rw drive and
put a windows xp oem disc in to boot from. Windows xp loads all the way
until you install. So the dvd-rw drive must work? This must be a windows xp
issue? the dvd-rw drive worked a week before I got the virus. the dvd-rw
drive is seen in "my computer" I also loaded the default bios with no luck.


other things this virus messed up..My ethernet card. I had to reset the
winsock in command prompt to get back online. I can't right click the
desktop without freezing the entire pc (I read the context menu in the
registry is corrupt)

any help will be greatly appreciated
 
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Shenan Stanley

cutehumor said:
I had the virtuemonde virus on my sony vaio pcv rs520. I finally
got rid of it. It severly messed with my pc. It deactivated my
xp, would not let me do an online antivirus scan in safe mode,
windows xp would not load, it took 9 hours to scan 120 gb hd. I
finally got rid of it. now, I have some issues. HL-DT-ST GWA 4040b
dvd-rw drive not working. will not play cds or dvds. every
software I have is giving me an error or is completely freezing my
computer. dvd shrink gives me an "I/O error" Windows media player
says the "disc is diry or damaged, turn on error correction"
However, I put the disc in the second dvd rom drive and it plays
perfectly in windows media player. I checked device manager, device
manager had it incorrectly listed as "cd-rom" and not "dvd-rw" The
virus must have did that. I uninstalled "cd-rom", rebooted, now
device manager correctly lists as 'dvd-rw" drive. says it is
enabled and working properly. I have tested this dvd rw drive and
put a windows xp oem disc in to boot from. Windows xp loads all
the way until you install. So the dvd-rw drive must work? This
must be a windows xp issue? the dvd-rw drive worked a week before
I got the virus. the dvd-rw drive is seen in "my computer" I also
loaded the default bios with no luck.


other things this virus messed up..My ethernet card. I had to
reset the winsock in command prompt to get back online. I can't
right click the desktop without freezing the entire pc (I read the
context menu in the registry is corrupt)

any help will be greatly appreciated

Format and install everything clean to ensure you actually, "... finally got
rid of it ..."

Chances are - you did not and even if you did - things are so FUBAR - it
will be faster (and just more secure) for you to format and install
everything clean.
 
C

cutehumor

Shenan Stanley said:
Format and install everything clean to ensure you actually, "... finally got
rid of it ..."

Chances are - you did not and even if you did - things are so FUBAR - it
will be faster (and just more secure) for you to format and install
everything clean.

Yeah but a fresh install will wipe out all my movies, vacation trip photos,
and all my programs. will a repair install do?
 
S

Shenan Stanley

cutehumor said:
I had the virtuemonde virus on my sony vaio pcv rs520. I finally
got rid of it. It severly messed with my pc. It deactivated my
xp, would not let me do an online antivirus scan in safe mode,
windows xp would not load, it took 9 hours to scan 120 gb hd. I
finally got rid of it. now, I have some issues. HL-DT-ST GWA 4040b
dvd-rw drive not working. will not play cds or dvds. every
software I have is giving me an error or is completely freezing my
computer. dvd shrink gives me an "I/O error" Windows media player
says the "disc is diry or damaged, turn on error correction"
However, I put the disc in the second dvd rom drive and it plays
perfectly in windows media player. I checked device manager, device
manager had it incorrectly listed as "cd-rom" and not "dvd-rw" The
virus must have did that. I uninstalled "cd-rom", rebooted, now
device manager correctly lists as 'dvd-rw" drive. says it is
enabled and working properly. I have tested this dvd rw drive and
put a windows xp oem disc in to boot from. Windows xp loads all
the way until you install. So the dvd-rw drive must work? This
must be a windows xp issue? the dvd-rw drive worked a week before
I got the virus. the dvd-rw drive is seen in "my computer" I also
loaded the default bios with no luck.


other things this virus messed up..My ethernet card. I had to
reset the winsock in command prompt to get back online. I can't
right click the desktop without freezing the entire pc (I read the
context menu in the registry is corrupt)

any help will be greatly appreciated

Shenan said:
Format and install everything clean to ensure you actually, "... finally
got
rid of it ..."

Chances are - you did not and even if you did - things are so FUBAR - it
will be faster (and just more secure) for you to format and install
everything clean.
Yeah but a fresh install will wipe out all my movies, vacation trip
photos, and all my programs. will a repair install do?

If you only have a single copy of all that and have no method already in
place for backing them up periodically - you have another problem to tend to
first. It is unwise - at best - not to have periodic/scheduled backups of
at least the data important to you if not (possibly in addition to) full
system backups in case of catastrophic issues.

There is a small monetary investment (I have personally gotten 1TB -
1000GB - external USB 2.0 drives for under $115 total and you could use
NTBackup - which comes with your computer - or one of the many freeware
packages out there or the drive may even come with software to
schedule/backup the data) and a bit of time in setting up the schedule,
etc - but when your computer is toasted - at least you can be relatively
sure it was not the *only* copy you had of something important to you.

I would not trust a repair installation given what you have/how you have
given it so far.
 
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Louie Pham

Yeah but a fresh install will wipe out all my movies, vacation trip photos,
and all my programs. will a repair install do?

Find another PC with Windows XP install, then plug this one as second
HD to save any data you need. Then do a fresh install.
 

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