Hey all, great forum with lots of great tidbits of information.
I've got an old Ricoh mp7120a 12/10/32 drive that's been giving me trouble. For the past 6 months or so, when you put a CD in the drive, it didn't inform win2kpro that there was a disc in the drive. Even when you tried to browse using the file system, it said the drive was empty.
However, during this time, I was still able to open Nero and burn blank CD-R's. For some reason Nero could tell that there was media in the drive. Well, now that bit of useful functionality has gone away as well. Nero keeps seeing the drive empty as well.
I reflashed the latest firmware, though I was already there anyway. Tried several different brands of discs and still nothing. So obviously something is wrong with the drive. The slow degradation makes me think this might be a cleanliness or alignment issue.
I'm planning to just get a new burner, but I'm also decent with a wrench and was wondering if anybody might have some suggestions as to where to start poking around to see if I can resurect this drive. TIA