About the only thing I can offer is try the drive on another machine if possible or use the device manager in safe mode to remove all the entries listed under USB or this web site.
I don't know exactly how long ago this started but my Freecom Classic DVD+/-RW is no longer recognised by my computer.I haven't used it for about a week since I burned some stuff from a mini DV. I haven't noticed any other problems but when I went to use it today the first thing was that it wouldn't open and then I couldn't even see it listed in the device manager or under my computer.
This is a dell dimension 2400 running XP home.
I have tried running system restore, in fact I've tried it about a dozen times from different restore points but it never works and each time I'm just told to choose another restore point.I haven't installed or updated any new software, visited any dodgy sites or downloaded anything I shouldn't have. I've run full virus scans with AVG and run Spybot , there's nothing unpleasant lurking so I'm completely mystified.
And, yes, all the leads are where they should be.I've checked them, tried using a different usb port tried disconnecting and reconnecting .Please help, I'm clueless.