DaddyO wrote:Desperate times sometimes require desperate measures.
If what Alektron mentioned doesn't resolve the problem you can test the DVD writer by using the computers internal IDE cable.
For clarity, please confirm a few things:
1- You currently have a internal DVD or DVD writer that doesn't work???? Correct?
2- Are there any other hardware items not working in your Dell?
3- Please list all drives accessible on the front of your Dell. For example, one floppy, one cd player, one dvd player etc.. Please list the number of internal hard drives, ordinarily one.
4- Is your Dell still under warranty?
What's bothering me is that in your first post you said the external drive did work and now it doesn't. That makes me think/guess that the enclosure, the enclosures transformer or the dvd writer is defective. You have eliminated the usb cable being defective in subsequent posts.
If your willing and accept the risk I don't mind trying to talk you through the process of testing the writer internally. Have you ever done any work inside of a computer case? Do you feel comfortable working inside your Dell? Are you aware of the master and slave positions on a IDE cable?