i just thought of something if you want to rule out software from hardware try using a live environment, if it fails in the live environment then it hardware if it doesn't the it's software.
here's some instructions:
or if you're familiar with Linux you can download a prebuilt one. (MODs it's free under GPL licence, i don't want another hit for warez)
Thanks for the help everyone! I will try these suggestions and report back tomorrow. I really hope its not the motherboard. Not because I'm out of my warranty period, but because I'm a total idiot and redoing everything would make me want to jump off a bridge!
Injector: Are you telling me to (a) create this disk on a different computer, then boot with the problem drive or (b) attempt to create the disk using the faulty drive on the working computer (my desktop which it always works with).
Can you explain how to "clear out all corresponding keys"? There is a multitude of subfolders under that path.
Originally Posted by almera
**Also, I don't know if this helps or not (think it will):
The cd/dvd drive shows up as a folder with this path:HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\E num\USBSTOR\CdRom&Ven_TEAC&Prod_DW-224SL-R&Rev_1.08
that folder had 6 subfolders. all 6 have subfolders "device parameters" and "logconf" but the first subfolder of the above TEAC folder also has "control" too.
Is my computer thinking the cd drive is a mass storage device? should it be?
First try this: http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=314060
And if it does not solve your problem then;
Export your registry to a file, remove the subfolders in the following registry keys. If all else files you can double click on the registry file to add the items back in.
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\U SB Printers
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Enum\U SB Storage
just be careful you don't remote the upper Enum folder, i did it after being fed up with bad drivers but i made a backup of the removed keys thinking i would just be able to restore them if anything went wrong, man was i wrong it removed all my drivers including mouse and keyboard which left me with literally no control of the pc, i had to boot in my Linux partition to fix the registry.
ok, I tried the suggestions by both Injector and almera. Thanks for the help guys. Unfortunately, the problem is not fixed, but I believe we have made some progress.
The dvd drive now shows up as a dvd drive. thank god!
BUT, it won't read anything. Here is what it does:
- after doing this and rebooting, it showed up AND read a data disk.
- then it would not read a different disk I put in it, none after the 1st (including trying the first disk again
- it still spins up every disk I insert for like 3-5 seconds, then stops
- trying to browse the disk shows nothing in the drive.
i hate to say it, but i have a gut feeling that its the motherboard.
I have the same issue and it resolved itself - I changed the cable from a 3m ti 1m USB - the longer cable would make the drive spin and seek forever with no results.
Have you tried a shorter cable?
did you try in in the live environment?
Originally Posted by Phoenix750
Injector, in post #12 I asked for clarification on the "live environment" idea because I'm unsure of exactly what you are suggesting that I do.
VYSSO3, the cable is only 12" long and the drive/cable work perfectly on other computers.
Punky and all, is there any way I can test the motherboard to definitively conclude that the motherboard is bad? Since its warrantied, I'd much rather replace the mobo than reformat windows.