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iTunes Ate my DVD-R

I hardly ever use my DVD-R drive except when I need to rip some music, install software, or archive some stuff. So imagine my surprise when I popped a disk in the drive this weekend only to see… nothing. I opened the "My Computer" folder on WinXP and the drive wasn't even there. Looking at the Device Drivers list in the system panel, I noticed that the DVD drive had a little exclamation point graphic, along with the following error:

Windows successfully loaded the device driver for this hardware but cannot find the hardware device. (Code 41)

A quick Google of the error message took me to the Microsoft Knowledge Base, which had instructions for a simple fix. The fix involves deleting two entries in the Windows Registry. Simple enough, but I wondered how those errant registry entries could have gotten there in the first place.

Then I fired up Apple's iTunes this evening, and got this error dialog:

iTunes Error dialog

It reads: The registry settings used by the iTunes drivers for importing and burning CDs and DVDs are missing. This can happen as a result of installing other CD burning software. Please reinstall iTunes.

Uhhh, no thanks Apple, I'm quite tired of installing a new version of iTunes every freakin' week. Looks like it's time to check out Anapod Explorer again…

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