Question by  dfpogo (30)

Why is there a yellow caution flag next to my dvd drive?

I have a yellow caution flag next to my dvd drive.


Answer by  DreamScaper (354)

You typically see this in your device manager when there is a conflict with another piece of hardware. Check there to see if there are any problems you can fix. Another possibility is that your drive is dying/died. Sometimes rebooting fixes it temporarily.


Answer by  mandriloquai (324)

A DVDs yellow flag is a warning to prevent eye damage due to the laser-emitted radiation of the device. Such flags are set in bright colors and the standard for laser-emitting devices (DVDs, BlueRays, CDs, etc) is yellow in order to make them readily visible.


Answer by  MikeG (1650)

This could mean that the DVD drive needs to be cleaned, possibly that the current disc inside is unreadable, or that the DVD drive has bit the dust. You can diagnose this by going into the Device Manager and finding your DVD drive and running diagnostics. You might also want to try and restore your drivers.


Answer by  Ervin (95)

The caution flag (yellow triangle with black exclamation mark) is actually telling you that the drive is not operational. It normally means that drivers aren't loaded, but being that it is a DVD drive, it may mean that the CD drivers from Windows need to be reloaded.


Answer by  BigD103 (548)

If you open it in device manager you will most likel get more info. Either the devices driver or firmware are missing or currupt or the device itself has become faulty. Try uninstalling the device in Device Manager and restarting you computer. Windows should detect and try to reinstall.


Answer by  Irish (21)

There can be several reasons for the yellow caution flag next to your dvd drive. First, the dvd inserted in your dvd drive may be unreadable. It could be that the data encoded cannot be read by your driver or any program in your computer. Second, the driver in your dvd drive may have been corrupted or uninstalled.


Answer by  John13 (186)

When you see a yellow caution flag next to anything in your device manager, this typically means that there is a problem with that device. When the yellow flag is next to a DVD drive, you may not have all available functionality enabled. There might also be a driver issue with this drive.


Answer by  chitra (120)

There may be yellow caution flag indicating that some operation that you were trying to perform using the DVD was unsuccessful. This may be due to improper copy/ load or write actions. To solve this try to reload the DVD and perform the operation again.


Answer by  bassmaster76 (62)

More than likely, you have some sort of problem with either the drive or the cable. I would try replacing the IDE or SATA (which ever the case may be) cable. That will probably be your cheapest thing to try first. With those drives, it either works or it does not.

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