Need registry hack help, burner detection and autoplay


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Steven Hopper

Discovered that my 3 yr old VAIO will only identify my external burner (ie;
3 yr old USB PlugnPlay firmwareless LG-DVDRAM GSA-5160D SUPER writer) in My
Computer window's "name" column as DVD-RAM Drive (H:) only after re-booting
while the burner is online and powered up.

Some combination(s) of either XPH, the laptop, program preferences, program
hogware-ed-ness, or most likely 'simple' registry issues are preventing the
burner from being consistently/properly named as mentioned in the My
Computer drive name column.

As trivial as this next part is (likely a normal thing), but regardless of
how the burner is introduced to the laptop, whenever there is no disk in the
burner, the drive's properties seem to oddly illustrates the drive disk as
totally blue (as if the drive was 100% used), but tossed this in here so's
to maybe if that too isn't detecting the drive properly, it might point to
base issues with the laptop, XPH or SP2.

Note also that if the burner is disconnected (even using "safely remove
hardware"), thereafter when the burner's powered off, re-introduced to the
laptop, burner then powered back on, the drive name's only then always
identified as "CD Drive".

And regardless of whichever of the two names that happens to be listed in
the "name" column, the "type" column however always lists as "CD Drive".

Also for some reason (I'd really like to know why), in the dialog box where
the drive should be named (eg; 'DVD-RAM' or 'HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-5160D USB
Device'), it's blank and while I can click inside the box and then a 'text
focus line' then begins blinking, the box refuses to accept my typing in
anything.

And thinking that maybe a new burner might require it manually being added
to the system when I looked at the media list in computer mgmt > Storage >
Media, but not only wasn't the burner listed, but nothing was listed (even
when I popped in a DVD and played it).

Digging a little deeper, I clicked that utility's disk mgmt, right clicked
the burner (CD-ROM 0 DVD(H:)), and noticed that the "Volumes" tab lists the
status as "No Media" despite the DVD was playing.

Then on a whim, I tick the box for "Enable digital CD Audio for this CD-ROM
device", then when I clicked disk management's

Computer Management window's file exit, prompted to restart the computer,
did so and still the burner remains virtually unchanged as to how its
detected, plus it still refuses to autoplay with the preferred handler
(WinDVD5).

As for WinDVD5 itself, I've ticked its own autoplay tick box, even changing
the player source back and forth between "Default" and my burner's drive
'letter', but never will simply popping in a DVD will it autoplay until I
open WinDVD5 manually (no doubt registry issue caused).

Obviously that's indicating the user needs to manually name the drive, but
why isn't the laptop detecting the drive's details that I'm positive it
generates?

Of lesser annoyance, but still noteworthy, are two programs that fail at
detecting my burner(MSWMM and DVD Flick).

No doubt as these two progs are likely the least sophisticated/forgiving, if
not caused by the bunky registry alone, then maybe there's a chance that
hacking those two prog's handlers into the registry's autoplay and/or some
other place too would get them squared away.

With respect to those two comparatively pale issues, I've tried the usual
adjustments and/or fixes recommended by their makers w/o joy, so it's most
likely those two programs are simply so buggy and/or inflexible that they
simply are incapable of ever working with my burner (which incidentally the
burner's newer than either of those progs).

And no, never used or installed Nero or RealMedia. Nor do I have any CD
Burning software installed (except for XP's explorer default write caching),
but I did once have Click to DVD and Dragn Drop installed.

So, in that I see no known software conflict/bugs preventing MSWMM &
DVDFLick from detecting my burner, ie; none of my other media software has
detection issues, ref. no such issues w/the burner's complimentary Interlead
"WinDVD5" player, WMP10, WMPC, DVDDecrypter, DVDShrink, ImgBurn or
ConvertXtoDVD.

As everything seems pointing to registry issues undoubtedly courtesy of
hogware, atrocious uninstallers, mostly (I hope) the ripped out
(professionally physically uninstalled) laptop burner, then that leaves only
the autoplay and new burner's registry entries.

As such, it looks like I'm left to hacking the registry. But as the laptop
runs XHP/SP2 and I'm barely capable of doing hacking the registry, obviously
even though I've/read most everything both available and that I'm capable of
understanding/managing, at this point I'm left to asking for something that
RegistryBooster (or any software) should be already doing, but doesn't, and
that's to try manually straightening out the registry.

I've searched the registry, made note of every entry for the burner(s) and
anything autoplay related, but I need a little help with some of the value
names and hexadecimal numbering before hacking away.

There are some 30 or so keys and something like 60 or so value names I need
to deal with, but I need a pro to answer things like how to deal with the
old burner's entries (if it's there I should be adding the new burner or
simply deleting the hexadecimal or even the entire value name), plus what to
do about AutoPlay value hexadecimals, plus there's one or two value names I
think need removed or their hexa' values changed.

But because there are so many keys and values involved just in cleaning out
and hacking the registry just for burner recognition and AutoPlay entries,
it's highly problematic, not to mention exceedingly labor and time intensive
to try to do this via text.

So what I'm most in need of, is an experienced registry pro who'll be
willing to sit down with me for maybe an hour while going thru the registry.

Ideally what is the simplest way to do this is remote desktop viewing, but
as risky for both, that leaves Yahoo Messenger webcam or my phoning you.

wguru
 
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Allan

Steven Hopper said:
Discovered that my 3 yr old VAIO will only identify my external burner
(ie; 3 yr old USB PlugnPlay firmwareless LG-DVDRAM GSA-5160D SUPER writer)
in My Computer window's "name" column as DVD-RAM Drive (H:) only after
re-booting while the burner is online and powered up.
....(snip)
Computer peripherals that are three years old may be considered to be fully
depreciated (from an accounting point of view).
It may be worth your time's value to simply buy a new DVD burner and start
afresh. Hopefully it will work better with your Sony laptop.
 
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uuguru

Thanks for replying, but as mentioned, the system needed the registry fixed
for reasons stated.

All's well now, ref...

OLD VALUES:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
Winlogon
allocatecdroms REG_SZ 0x00000000(0)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Exp
lorer\CD
Burning\Drives\Volume{11379c23-2f1d-11db-ae46-080046e84a0b}
Drive type REG_DWORD 0x00000003(3)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Pol
icies\Explorer
NoDriveTypeAutoRun REG_DWORD 0x00000000(0)

NEW VALUES:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\
Winlogon
allocatecdroms REG_SZ 0x00000001(1)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Exp
lorer\CD
Burning\Drives\Volume{11379c23-2f1d-11db-ae46-080046e84a0b}
Drive type REG_DWORD 0x00000001(1)
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Pol
icies\Explorer
NoDriveTypeAutoRun REG_DWORD 0x00000091(145)

NOTE: The entire GUID key disappears when new values have been entered and
system is re-booted.
 

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