Turning Off The Auto Insertion On Your CD-ROM Drive
Have you ever noticed that the CD-ROM light on your computer flashes periodically for no apparent reason? This is because Windows is checking your CD-ROM drive every few seconds to see if a CD has somehow appeared. If you like, you can disable this action. Just follow these instructions:
- Right-click on the My Computer icon and select Properties.
- Click the Device Manager tab, then click the plus sign next to the CD-ROM icon.
- Then select your CD-ROM device you want to change, and click the Properties button.
- Click the Settings tab and uncheck the Auto Insert Notification box.
- Then click the OK button to save the changes and you will have to restart your system.
The downside to this technique is that when you switch CDs in your CD-ROM drive, the name of the current CD will not appear next to the drive icon. However, you can strike the Refresh key, F5, to read the CD disc and place the name up there. You will find that this technique will give a little faster operation because the system doesn"t have to check for a CD disc.
This tip comes from Valerie Ryan.
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Date of last revision: 31 July 2001.