Basically, I used to have an NEC ND-3550A dvd burner and a JLMS dvd-rom. For some reason, WinXP would not recognize the drives... for instance, putting a DVD or CD in the drives would do no good -- Windows would not bring up the "Autoplay" window selection thing at all. I tried the uninstall/reinstall from Device Manager, as well as updating the firmware on both drives, to no avail. I figured they were shot (the JLMS was a few years old, but the NEC was only 6 months old...), and just received 2 new drives from newegg last night: Samsung SH-S162L DVDRW and Sony DDU1615 DVD-Rom. Now, I installed these and was ready to roll but WINDOWS STILL DID NOT RECOGNIZE THE DRIVES! The thing is, I could finagle the PC to burn discs with my old burner -- I used Musicmatch's Burner Plus, and it was able to burn both audio CDs and data DVDs for backup --- now the Musicmatch does not even recognize the drives.
I am writing this before I go to work, but will check this thread at work to get some ideas.
I've been asked to try and change the IDE cables, but to no avail. I did an uninstall/reinstall as early as this morning... firmware was updated for the Samsung, but the Sony has this weird "GYS1" driver, and I wasn't able to flash it with a lot of the firmware progs used for that DVD drive.
Is there something with my WinXP that went askew? I hadn't installed or uninstalled any software around the time the initial drives went out (about 2 weeks ago), I just got on the PC and found this out when I was trying to work.
Any help would be most appreciated!