Although I have heard similar cries of distress elsewhere on the web, some of which may have already been echoed here, (however, Iíd rather be forced to sit next to Carlos Mencia on a 20 hour flight to Saudi Arabia than use the Geeks to Go search engine) my CD drive woes seem somewhat unique. Iíve got myself a 6 year old Dell Dimension 2350, with a 1.80 GHz Pentium 4 processor. Iím running Windows XP with all the service packs and updates installed. I have two disc drives, an NEC CD-RW NR9100A, (E Drive) and an HL-DT-ST CD ROM GCR-8481B, (D Drive) as well as a floppy drive that all came with the PC, so Iíve ruled out a master Ė slave problem. I believe the issue is related to some software updates I recently downloaded; namely Roxio, Divx, Real Player, and Adobe Reader. Now I know what youíre thinking, but deleting the upper and lower filters from Easy CD Creator 5 did nothing, nor did uninstalling that entire program before doing the same with the drivers. Deleting Adobe only succeeded in forcing me to wait an hour for my 56k to obtain another copy of it, erasing the Real Player was a smart move, (but changed nothing) and I assume removing Divx will yield the same lack of results. I religiously eradicate malware and scan for viruses, (and my PCís currently showing no symptoms of infection) so Iím thinking that itís safe to rule out those variables. IMAPI is turned on, (though not constantly running; I assume that itís not supposed to) as is the ability to burn discs in my E drive. Furthermore, my Dell claims that these devices are working properly. Yeah freakiní right. The symptoms are as follows:
-CDís are not detected when I place them in either drive. That is, the trademark CD icon & title do not appear over the corresponding drive icon, (auto play has been disabledÖproperly.) However, files are acknowledged when I click on the drive, and neither copying them nor opening them poses any problems.
-A disc can be ďdetectedĒ (that is the icon appears) when I restart/boot up with the disc already in the drive. Interestingly enough, however, the icon remains when I remove the disc as well.
-I cannot copy files to a blank CD-R, (using the native Windows burning program) as an obstinate little pop-up box ďinformsĒ me that there is no disc in the drive when there [bleep] well is. Once again, however, this can be overridden when I leave a recordable disc in the drive and restart.
-Furthermore, I can still burn discs with Roxio, but the only way my computer can read the disc afterwards is to, you guessed it, reboot with the plastic in the drive.
While I could just deal with the problem in the aforementioned manner, I refuse to allow my second-rate PC to be demoted to the ranks of third-rate computers. Although Iíve heard that the BIOS settings can cause similar troubles, I have no idea what to look for. Iíd greatly appreciate any and all suggestions. Many thanks in advance.