Here's the test I use.
1. I see if I can boot a CD from that drive.
2. If that fails I swap in a new DVDRW.
There has never been one case where we would repair the 20 dollar DVDRW drives. It costs too much to repair them.
I have an internal IDE Memorex DVD-RW 16 double layer drive that doesn't recognize DVD disks or CD disks. I first noticed this the other day when I tried to install a new program. Last time I used it (it has been several months)I didn't have a problem.
When disks are inserted the drive light flashes but when I try to check the drive contents in my computer it tells me to insert a disk.
I have tested the drive in "safe mode" - sames issues
I have uninstalled the drive in Device Manager and allowed Windows XP to reinstall - same issues.
The drive is recognized in device manager and it is not flagged. I can open the drive door from my computer.
Does anyone have any ideas on how I can get the drive working again?