Opera.exe no disk in drive

  • can someone explain why i sometimes start opera and i get a message about no disk in drive d and insert disk in drive d and the dependency is opera.exe?

    i'm using win7 home premium and have no spyware, trojans (unless they hid well), root kits or viruses (nod32).

    can someone explain why opera is connected to whether i have a disk in drive d? the message cannot be closed until i put any disk in drive d. it doesn't matter what sort of disk and opera is the dependency.

    any ideas? i'm stumped!

  • Probably some settings on Opera's configurations files are poiting to that drive.

    Try checking operaprefs.ini (if you are using Opera 12.17 or older) or Preferences (if you are using Opera 15+). Both are located on Opera's profile folder.

  • did not see any entries to cause that nehavior.

    it would seem that opera is somehow enabled to read my dvd drive if disk or not. that is puzzling.

    i'm new to win7 and not learned much about it yet.

    about the only thing i can think of is i could monitor net connects and processes to try and see a connection to explain it. if it were an exploitable thing would be troublesome, but as of yet sys in clean.

    thanks

  • What version of Opera are you using by the way ?, just out of curiosity.

  • t would seem that opera is somehow enabled to read my dvd drive if disk or not. that is puzzling.

    Have you ever tried to open something stored on that drive with Opera?

  • Either Opera itself or a key(s) in Windows' registry thinks there is something on drive d: that Opera will need to refer to when/after opening. As @leocg notes, this can come from having saved or read files to/from that drive using Opera in the past or from Windows thinking something like that was the case and setting a key accordingly in assocation with startup of Opera.

  • using opera 12.17....and please do not recommend the new version. i do not like the new ones. the bookmarks and several other functions i prefer earlier versions.

    have not tried opening drive d using opera...when it says error or not, but will and monitor thru process monitor to see what's happening.

    this is a new (used computer without opera or other software installed...so cannot be from a previous version.

    don't see any reason opera would need to access my dvd drive...or is there i'm not aware of? never heard of a browser, but i also move in limited circles too and for all i know it may have a legit reason, but i don't see any.

    thanks for the attempts

  • using opera 12.17....and please do not recommend the new version. i do not like the new ones. ...
    this is a new (used computer without opera or other software installed...so cannot be from a previous version.

    This is not 'normal' behavior for Opera, for either the old or new versions. The most common cause of such problems has to do with external or additional drives (USB or hard drive) having been used with a system and Windows somehow getting things messed up in its registry entries. You indicated that the system was "new (used without ... other software installed)". Does that mean it had its hard drive reformatted and Windows fresh-installed/re-installed before you bought it? Because if Windows was not at least re-installed on the system, it's conceivable that it still contains all manner of dead-end registry entries from prior software or drive usage, including references to drives that are no longer present.

  • I would look at operaprefs.ini (it should be in your profile folder) and search for "D:".
    If you find it, that's almost certainly the problem, and you need to edit the file (with Opera closed) to correct the path.
    🙂

  • i used a registry cleaner to remove any leftovers that might be there.

    oppref.ini has nothing listed indicating d drive or anything else that could possibly do it..

    the computer was purchased as a refurbished one. no software was installed...only OS and i'm sure it was fresh format and new install for it....so i suppose my only options is sys mon and net mon to see what is going on...problem is it only does it infrequently and i really do not want to pour over sys and net logs if possible.

    thanks for the attempts

  • Bit of a long shot, but check the properties of the shortcut that you're using to run Opera.
    Make sure there's no text after "opera.exe" in the "target" field, and that if there is anything in the "start in" field that the path quoted is correct.
    I seem to remember that someone else reported a very similar problem some time ago, in fact it may even have been on the old forum, but I can't remember if it was ever resolved.
    🙂

  • @davehawley

    i use tray to execute opera or start menu and almost never the shortcut desktop

    tis is what i checked.....

    checked the desktop shortcut and did not see any pointers.

    checked advanced security setting and found it set to admin/pc user
    nothing checked in effective permissions

    opera properties
    advanced - ready for archiving
    allow contents indexed etc

    shortcut advanced properties
    run in separate memory checked and greyed out

    permissions for opera
    system - all checked but special permissions
    PC User - only special permissions checked
    admin - all checked but special permissions
    interactive - only read and read & execute checked

    no previous versions (clean install of OS)

    don't think there is anything in there to account for it.

    maybe i can find it through internet archive? not sure about just how to search it and even if the opera forum is indexed.

    it has not happened for a while now and guess i will have to wait to do sys checks to see what processes are running to attempt to isolate the causes....other that that? i'm stuck!

    thanks

  • found a utube dealing with it....poster disables all messages and it was removed

    regedit
    local machine
    system
    windows
    errors - double click - default set to 0
    set to 1 suppress windows messages
    set to 2 suppress all messages

    utube
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7khU0ZY9gBU

    i'm going to let it be for now....it's been a while since it happened and if it aint broke? don't fix it!
    🙂

    thanks

  • no linking to utube?
    just search for the exact wording of my post question and it will find it.

    he's a gamer
    here's what it said

    regedit
    local machine
    system
    windows
    errors - double click - default set to 0
    set to 1 suppress windows messages
    set to 2 suppress all messages

    utube
    httpwww.youtube.com/watch?v=7khU0ZY9gBU

    (you can do the url fixing)

  • found a utube dealing with it....poster disables all messages and it was removed
    regedit
    local machine
    system
    windows
    errors - double click - default set to 0
    set to 1 suppress windows messages
    set to 2 suppress all messages
    ...

    I saw that same information posted in a couple of web forums on the "insert disk" topic. But do be aware that kind of "fix" suppresses all Windows error messages, and that in itself can create or hide a very problematic situation when other kinds of issues occur. It's kind of like running a low-grade fever and simply throwing away your thermometer to "fix" it. Unfortunately, the nature of this kind of problem often leads frustrated users to such measures... 😞

    I do recall this happening a long time ago with another piece of software. In the end, I simply left an unrelated disk in the drive being called out, and that seemed to satisfy whatever was goofy. YMMV.

  • discovered when it happens or at least i finally noticed it
    🙂

    closing opera without a disk gives message and again when i removed the disk and started opera...message again.
    something is opera dependent. or opera would not be messaged...that seems clear.

    i'd rather not disable all messages

    what troubles me is that it might be exploitable. if a browser has access to your d drive....smart people can figure out how to access the others?

    i'll try a clean remove and registry scan and another install of opera and see if that helps.

    will also refrain from posting more...unless some resolution is found and why.

    thanks

  • ...
    what troubles me is that it might be exploitable. if a browser has access to your d drive....smart people can figure out how to access the others?
    ...

    Without knowing specifically why a linkage exists between the d: drive and Opera that causes your message, it's not possible to fully know whether or not there could be anything exploitable in the issue. Depending on how the program is installed (or Windows thinks it's installed) and how the program functions, "necessary" supporting files from various places will legitimately be opened and/or copied to memory upon opening a program executable such as Opera. If one of those files is on a d: drive (or the OS "thinks" it is), then when the OS tries to access that drive and can't, an error message will appear that the drive's not ready. That situation does not equate directly to the browser application being able to "access" whatever other files are on that (or some other) drive that actually exists. The (mis?)information causing such a situation already exists in the registry and/or program files, so if an exploit has penetrated that far so as to corrupt those entries, the user has already been pretty badly compromised.

  • What is your download folder set as ? ('Menu / Settings / Preferences... / Advanced / Downloads / Download folder' bottom of the window).

  • Good thought, although that should have shown up in the search of operaprefs.ini if it is the problem as the path to the downloads folder is recorded there.
    I would do a search of the registry for "D:" and see what comes up.
    Assuming D:\ is not a very used drive (did the OP say it was a CD drive?) then there shouldn't be too many entries to analyse.
    If that doesn't throw up anything (an obsolete installation path for instance) then search all the files in the Opera folders for the "D:" string inside them, using the Windows search function.
    That should show if "D:" is lurking anywhere in any of Opera's configuration files.
    🙂

  • @dave, Yeah, I guessed that would be the case, you could say I was clutching at straws. 😄

    Though it wouldn't hurt to check, just in case.

    Oh, another thing, Do you have a custom background set for your speed dial (or maybe did have at some point) ?. You could check by clicking the spanner icon in the top right corner of the speed dial page and seeing what file (if any) is referenced in the file text area at the top.

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