[QUOTE=maineman;2122923]If ^ doesn’t work…
A new dell laptop?..so I guess this is vista and not a refurb’d xp?
I don’t know beans about vista, but here goes…a few questions for starters…
You said you recovered the laptop and reinstalled everything…
Did you use a recovery console in windows? It doesn’t sound like you reformatted and reinstalled your OS.
What do you have to do to recover your burner? Reboot?
I agree, it sounds like your burner is still “locked”.
In device manager…do you see any yellow caution icons?
You can try a registry patch called [B]cdgone[/B].
It is flagged as XP only, but preceeded release of vista. I have read users’ comments who have used it successfully with Vista.
To be clear however, I’ve never used cdgone with vista since I’ve never used vista.
Anyway, here’s a link:
Scroll down to [B]Other Registry Patches [/B]> [B]Restore Missing CD Drive [/B]
[Edit] Another thought…
In Fab, you could try choosing Img as the burn engine. You have to have Imgburn installed, but once installed, it is fairly well integrated with Fab and will work within the Fab application.
Also, I forgot to ask you to post a few burn logs.
The default location is:
[B]C:\Documents and Settings[I]Administrator Name[/I]\My Documents\DVDFab\Log[/B][/QUOTE]
[QUOTE=maineman;2123010]Glad to hear that you figured it out…
Thanks for explaining about the “clean install”. One more reason I prefer a custom build, but kinda tough with a laptop…lol. The partitioned OS is fine for an install…until you experience a hardware failure.
The manufacturers really piss me off when you spend $1500-2000 for a new laptop and they don’t give you the OS disc…oh, but you can purchase it for $10…:Z
I went through the same thing about 1 1/2 years ago with my wife’s new dell laptop. I ended up with all the discs for no charge…the bastards.
Anyway, kinda weird that the [I]do not eject[/I] function would lock your drive…I’ve had [I]do not eject [/I]as a default setting for as long as it’s been around and run 7 burners on 2 different rigs.
Any chance this is a Matshita drive?[/QUOTE]
Yup. Matshita UJ-875S ATA.