Unfortunately, the CD-RW doesn't work at this point (no probelms before reload). It is an LG GCE-8481B drive, and I was able to find a driver at LGE.com and at OpenDrivers.com. I downloaded and installed the software. I then tried to Update Driver in Dev Mgr to no avail. I then Uninstalled and Reinstalled to no avail. The drive's Properties say "unable to load driver".
Is this now - officially - a hardware issue? What more can I do? I am thinking about backing everything up and doing a reload, but with services packs, patches, software installation, etc., that is no small process these days.
Any ideas would be appreciated.