Dead Samsung SN-324S


I have a Dell Inspiron 600m…I flashed the firmware using the Dell OEM software the make available on the Dell site, U306 and now the CDROm drive is completely dead. Windows doesn’t see it, there’s no lights, tray doesn’t eject.

With the drive in the bay Windows takes forever to boot up now, when I take it out it startup time is normal.

I tried putting in a Live Knoppix CD to see if the BIOS could read it, but no luck - Knoppix didn’t load.

Any suggestions, or should I start looking for a replacement drive?