hello core_reset, welcome to CDRLabs
better to have a separate thread about your drive problems, rather than intrude on an existing thread discussing something else.
1. try ininstalling the drive in device manager and reboot, let windows redetect the drive.
2. check the master/slave jumpter settings.
3. check the IDE cable. try changing it.
4. check the drive in another system see if it works there.
it's possible that this is a hardware failuer and the CD capability of the drive is damaged. the drive might need repair. is it under warranty ?
does it recognize pressed CDs?
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