I have been having problems with my Sony DDU1612 dvd rom. (It is a 1612, NOT a 1621). At first, it stopped reading dvd games and dvd movies, but would still read all other media types. Then it quit reading cd games too, and would only read audio cds and cds with burned data file on them. Now it won’t read any disks at all. When I put a disk in the drive, the light comes on and it spins, the light flashes for a bit and it continueds to spin but it will not read the disk. If I try and access the disk through My Computer, and right click the drive and select Explore it just says there is no disk, giving me a “Please insert disk into Drive F…” message. This drive is about 4 months old and I purchased it from www.gameve.com, it was an OEM version.
Here is what I have tried to do to fix it so far and some general info:
****The computer shows the drive is working properly in Properties and in Device Manager.
****I have tried updating the driver, but I already have the newest one.
****I have tried reinstalling the bundled software (Power DVD) that came with the drive (knowing that probably would not work).
****I have tried everything in the Windows dvd/cd rom troubleshooter.
**** I have tried uninstalling the drive, shutting down the computer, then unplugging it. Next, I rebooted the computer and checke to make sure the drive was not showing up on the computer, it wasn’t. So I shut down again, re-plugged in the drive and turned the comp back on. It did not come up with the message that it “recognized” new hardware, but the drive did show up in My Computer and in Device Manager. It still did not work, even after installing the nundled software again.
Anyone have any ideas why this happened or how to fix it?
On another forum, some people suggested updating the firmware. I downloaded the DYS1 version from http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_firmware.php?download_id=1488 but have not yet installed it. I am very apprehensive about flashing anything to my computer, as I have never done so before and have read the numerous warnings. If something went wrong would it mess up only the drive itself or the whole computer? Should I flash to Windows using MTK Winflash or flash from DOS? It says flashing in Windows can mess things up if you have an Nvidia chipset, which I do. Should I use the newer version of firmware on the site listed above, named DYS3? Would getting the new firmware potentially fix my drive?
Thank you very much for any help, as you can tell from this post I am obviously a newbie.
Built from scratch computer
Intel D865PERL motherboard
Pentium 4 2.8 ghz processor
1024 ram (512 x 2) Kingston PC3200 DDR ram
Nvidia GeForce X5900XT 256mb
Soundblaster Audigy 2
DDU1612 dvd rom
TDK DVDRW880N dvd burner
320GB hard drive (2 x 160gb) Seagate Barracuda ST3160023AS
Windows XP Pro sp1