I have a Compaq Presario 4060(US) which contains a Philips CDD4801 CD-R/RW running Windows ME (all condolances accepted). Most days (except of course today), when the computer is first powered on, the CD works fine. Upon a reboot, the device stops working and disappears from Device Manager...it will not respond to pressing of the CD door open button. I have checked all cables, cable connections, etc, upgraded the BIOS, dowloaded MSCDROM.INF again, etc. Nothing seems to clear this up, except turning the computer off and trying again the next day.
Today (of course) I powered up computer for first time and the CD would not function. I have started computer in Safe Mode and oddly enough, the device appears and is properly ID'd in Device Manager.
I would replace the drive, but Compaq appears to have built the entire tower around the drive making it's removable all but impossible (perhaps someone knows the secret code?).
Any help on either eliminating the mysterious disappearance of the drive or removing the drive from the tower all together would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance!