Windows feature lets user easily fix control


April 11, 2002|By James Coates | James Coates,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

When I put my disks in my D drive to play a game, it does not run automatically. I am working with Windows 98. How do I get this to turn back on? I had it before.

Your question lets me point you and other readers to the Device Manager in Windows, a feature that lets one browse all the hardware devices connected to a computer, from its hard drives to its keyboards, its mice to any modems and, of course, CD-ROM drives.

In your case, a tool called auto insert notification has been turned off for that D (CD-ROM) drive.

This command requires the drive's software to inform the operating system when a CD gets inserted, and you somehow have it set to off.

If you right-click on the My Computer icon and pick Properties from the box that comes up, you will get a display with a tab for Device Manager. Click the tab and you will find the hardware list I just described. Pick CD-ROM and then right-click on the description of your CD drive.

Now, look for a tab for Settings, and you will find a check box for "auto insert notification." Check it, and the autorun feature will be restored after you restart the computer.

James Coates writes for the Chicago Tribune, a Tribune Publishing newspaper. He can be reached via e-mail at

Baltimore Sun Articles
Please note the green-lined linked article text has been applied commercially without any involvement from our newsroom editors, reporters or any other editorial staff.