I decided a day ago to reformat my hard drive and reinstall windows XP. Well, that just didn't work. I couldn't get the computer (it's older) to see the disk in the cd rom. And when I used the boot disks, I kept getting thee strange errors. So I gave up and just decided to try and install Win98SE. Did that no problem! But, as I'm trying to get the sound card and other drivers loaded on, I've discovered that my cd rom isn't recognizing any cd's. What I mean is, I can put a cd in, (I can see the cdrom listed under the device manager, by the way) but then I can't access the drive. Even in Windows Explorer it won't let me open it. It tells me the drive is not accessible, to retry or cancel. And on top of that, it will not recognize my cd burner at all.
I've tried going into device manager in safe mode, removing the drives, and then restarting, only to have the exact same situation.
Any help? ideas?