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TurboGC8
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CD Drive Code 39 Error - NO FIX!

I am attempting to fix the Code 39 corrupt driver error for the Sony CDRW/DVD on a Dell Inspiron E1505.

I have been attempting this for over 3 weeks now with ZERO success. I have uninstalled all CD Drive software. I have removed all upper and lower filters from the registry, I uninstalled the drive and restarted, it still fails. I ran the dell diagnostic disc in the drive and it passes all test, NOTHING WORKS!

I downloaded the firmware from dell for the drive but cannot run it because the drive is not found.

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RobinBredin
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Re: CD Drive Code 39 Error - NO FIX!

Have you tried this, it covers code 39. See link,

 

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060/EN-US/

      

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TurboGC8
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Re: CD Drive Code 39 Error - NO FIX!

yeah, thanks for reading though.

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williamkidd
3 Argentium

Re: CD Drive Code 39 Error - NO FIX!

Hi TurboGC8. There are many causes for Code 39 errors so I'll give you a couple of things to try and if those don't work we can get a little deeper into it.

 

1) Download and run the Sony BMG Uninstaller. (This will remove any possible DRM installed when using Sony CDs)

 

2) Search for these 2 files using Windows Explorer (afs.sys or afs2k.sys) and if found rename them by adding a 1 right before the .sys (ex. afs1.sys). These are old Oak Technologies files that have been found to conflict with cdrom.sys (the CD-ROM driver).

 

Edit (2/11/09): I neglected to mention one thing that should be done prior to searching for the files mentioned in Step 2. AFS.SYS and AFS2K.SYS may be hidden files on your system so you will have to change the setting in Windows Explorer that allows you to view the hidden files and folders. There may also be files that are similar to the two that I've listed here but these two have been seen to cause problems a number of times. Here is a link that explains how to change the setting in Windows XP.

 

For Windows Vista, open Windows Explorer (click Start | Computer) and then near the upper left-hand corner of Windows Explorer, click Organize | Folder and Search Options and choose the View tab. Under Advanced Settings, click the circle next to Show hidden files and folders and then click the OK button to save the setting and close the window (Note: It is not necessary to click the Apply button unless you want to see the changes before closing the window.)

 

For Windows XP and Windows Vista:  It is a good idea to go back in and change the setting back to Do not show hidden files and folders using the same method for the applicable version of Windows when troubleshooting is complete.

(End 2/11/09 edit)

 

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Don't worry about installing the firmware. It is usually used only for specific issues and I've seen more cases where a failed firmware update has fried the drive than cases where the firmware has helped.

 

I may have missed it in your posts but also let us know what version of Windows that you are using if/when you post back.

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TurboGC8
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Re: CD Drive Code 39 Error - NO FIX!

thank you so much, this worked and fixed the problem!!

The uninstaller fixed the problema and neither of those 2 files were even found on the computer.

 

Thank You!! great help.

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cdn_rob
1 Copper

Re: CD Drive Code 39 Error - NO FIX!

Hey,

I'm having the same problem.

I have an Inspiron 6400 and the CD/DVD is a TSSTcorp DVD+RW TS-L532B (that's what it says in the hardware manager).

 

Any help is greatly appreciated!

 

Thanks

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TurboGC8
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Re: CD Drive Code 39 Error - NO FIX!

Try these 3 different things:

1 - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060

2 - Download and run the Sony BMG Uninstaller. (This will remove any possible DRM installed when using Sony CDs)

3 - Search for these 2 files using Windows Explorer (afs.sys or afs2k.sys) and if found rename them by adding a 1 right before the .sys (ex. afs1.sys). These are old Oak Technologies files that have been found to conflict with cdrom.sys (the CD-ROM driver).

4 - Use the Dell Diagnostic CD Disc that came with your computer and run your dell diagnostic test on the cd drive, sometimes the hardware is just broken.

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williamkidd
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Re: CD Drive Code 39 Error - NO FIX!

TurboGC8, I'm glad that was able to fix your drive issue. My next suggestion would be to look through your CDs for any that are distributed by Sony/BMG because it sounds like that was the likely cause for the error code (#39) that you received and also because it may occur when another Sony/BMG CD is played. When you play certain CDs from Sony/BMG files will be installed that are related to copy protection and these files can cause issues with the optical drives (CD/DVD), apparently keeping cdrom.sys from loading properly. The Oak Technologies issue is less common but is known to cause similar issues related to the loading of cdrom.sys.

 

I would rearrange the troubleshooting order a bit only because I'm more reluctant to make changes to the registry, as suggested in the Microsoft article. Another reason being that the MS article suggests uninstalling/reinstalling all burning software which, if the Sony/BMG or the Oak Technologies issues are the cause, shouldn't be necessary. Deletion of the Filter registry entries will remove the burning ability of software designed for that purpose. So I would try the Sony/BMG and Oak Technologies checks as the first two options and then consider the removal of the filters. The Dell Diagnostics program is very handy for determining whether something is physically wrong with the drive(s).

 

cdn_rob, were you able to fix your drive(s) using the suggestions given?

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panfish4
1 Copper

Re: CD Drive Code 39 Error - NO FIX!

Thank you so very much. I was at my wits end. Had the Geek Squad in here and said I need a new computer. Your fix worked in seconds.

 

panfish4

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williamkidd
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Re: CD Drive Code 39 Error - NO FIX!

Had the Geek Squad in here and said I need a new computer.

I didn't know GS was working on commission.

 

Your fix worked in seconds.

Which fix was it, panfish4? If it was the Sony/BMG fix be sure to read my previous post in this thread about additional things to check. I'm glad to hear that your system is working correctly again.

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