A simple solution, that works for some and not for others is to just uninstall the CD-ROM drive and then let windows reinstall it. To do this, do the following:
- Right Click MY COMPUTER and select PROPERTIES
- Click on the HARDWARE tab and click the DEVICE MANAGER button.
- Click the '+' symbol next to DVD/CD-ROM DRIVES
- Right click on the CD-ROM drive listed that isn't working and choose UNINSTALL. Click YES/OK to any warnings that pop up.
- Reboot your computer and let windows reinstall it automatically the next time windows starts.
- After you get the message that your new hardware is installed and ready to use, reboot your computer again.
- Then try to use the CD-ROM drive again and let me know what happens.
If this doesn't work, do you have your XP CD handy? If so, put it in your drive, reboot the computer and when the message pops up asking you to 'Press any key to boot from cd....,' press a key and see if it actually reads the disc.
Edited by Fenor, 11 October 2005 - 07:26 AM.