What Are CD Drivers?
Whenever you add any new hardware components to your computer system, you have to enable those components to integrate into the system and work with it. Otherwise, they will not function at all, it really as simple and as straightforward as that.
You do this by installing the appropriate driver on your computer, as the driver program is actually what enables the various different hardware components of your system to communicate with one another.
Such a driver is just a software program that translates commands that you send to your CD player from the standard Windows command format into something that the CD player can understand and respond to.
How To Update CD Drivers
Updating and repairing drivers manually can be both a time consuming and tedious task. And fortuneately it is a task that you do not really have to undertake either!
Simply download the free ‘Driver Updater’ software to check every single driver that you have on your machine for errors and then update any that are not up to date. Click here to get your instant download!
CD Driver Problems
If you have a CD player or writer in your computer system, then you need the driver software that is appropriate to that particular hardware in order to make it work.
All drivers are little more than software programs that translate any commands that you send to your CD player from the standard Windows command format into something that the CD player can understand and respond to.
Unfortunately, however, many such driver programs are in fact quite complex pieces of software, and like all software, they can go wrong or become outdated.
In this case, the CD player may start to perform poorly or indeed, it may stop working entirely. You therefore need to know how to respond should that happen to you.
Repair and Update CD Drivers
If the CD player is not working, then start by checking the basics first before moving on to searching for problems in a slightly more complex manner. Is the CD player fitted in or attached to your computer properly, and is the CD that you are trying to play or record on inserted correctly?
If the answer to both of these questions is in the affirmative, then you need to look into the problem a little more deeply.
Open the Device Manager on your machine, either from the ‘Control Panel’ or by eight clicking the ‘My Computer’ icon if you are using Windows XP or Vista. Click on ‘Manage’ and then search for the ‘Device Manager’ about how way down the list that appears to the left hand side of the ‘Computer Management’ window.
Open up the Manager and see if the CD device that you are trying to fix is listed. If it is not, then that tells you that it is not installed, so if, for example, you are using an external CD device that is connected by cable, try changing the cable, as the old one may be damaged internally.
If you see the device listed and it shows a red cross next to it, that is telling you that you have somehow disabled it, so all that needs doing is to ‘enable’ it again.
If, however, you see a yellow triangle featuring an exclamation mark, it is a clear indication that you have a CD device problem and in all likelihood, it is going to be a driver problem (the ‘Device Manager’ will tell you as much if you double click the CD player ‘icon’).
This will be the result of one of two things happening.
The first possibility is that the existing driver has somehow become corrupted or damaged, meaning that you need to uninstall the old corrupt driver and then re-install it again.
The other alternative is that you are not using the latest driver version, so you should check the web site pf the CD player manufacturer to get the latest update. Using an outmoded driver is a major cause of driver problems, so you must always ensure that yours are kept completely up to date.
Using the free to download ‘Driver Updater’ tool will of course fix all of your driver problems in a jiffy, including the CD driver, so that is probably the best way to go.