Resolve CD-ROM I/O Device Error


CD-ROM I/O Device Error is a common error message with CD-ROM drive. The error can be caused by two reasons:

  • 1. Disc is corrupted.
  • 2. Transfer mode is not supported by CD-ROM drive or has beed changed.


Due to above reasons, following methods could help you resolve the problem.


Method one: Check about the disc.

  • 1. Restart your computer.
  • 2. Open the CD-ROM drive and insert the disc.
  • 3. See if the disc inserted could be read by drive or not?
  • 4. Take the disc out of the drive and see if it can be read in a different computer.
  • 5. Insert a different disk into the drive on your computer and see if it can be accessed by the drive. If the disc is not being read correctly there may be a problem with the CD-ROM drive.


Method two: Change Transfer Mode of the IDE Channel

  • 1. Right click My Computer on desktop.
  • 2. Choose Properties.
  • 3. Then select Device Manager.
  • 4. Click on the “+” sign next to IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers to view the available controllers. Right-click on the Secondary IDE Channel and select “Properties” from the context menu.
  • 5. Click the Advanced Settings tab and then click the down arrow next to Transfer Mode under Device 0. Select “PIO Only” and then click the “OK” button.
  • 6. Close the Computer Management Window and then insert the disc in the drive and see if it can be read.


Method Three: Try an auto-fix tool registry cleaner  to fix the problem automatically. A lot of people recommend this program to resolve this issue.

  1. Download and install registry cleaner.
  2. Start the program, and on the interface click Start Scan button.
  3. After scanning, click Repair All button.