I've been stuck for so long on this problem and I've asked in other forums. Their solution was to buy a new DVD burner but I don't want to because I just got this DVD burner with my new ACER less than a year ago.
I am running in Windows XP with AMD X2 4000+ and 3gb RAM.
The DVD drive is ATAPI DVD W DH16W1P, supposedly an OEM Lite-On.
Anyways, I was able to burn DVDs about 2 months ago until one day, it stopped working. I was able to read DVDs for a few days after that and then the "DVD-ROM" part of the drive stopped working. Every time I pop in a blank or burnt CD and open it in 'My Computer', the screen freezes while the loading light on the drive doesn't ever stop flashing.
It can currently read CDs (burnt and blank), burn CDs, and read "official" movie DVDs like the movies from Blockbuster. I haven't tried reading "official" data DVDs as I do not have any.
So far, I have tried removing the upper and lower filters, reinstalling Nero 7, upgrading to Nero 8, opening the drive (ie. removing the drive cover and exposing the circuitry) and blowing out dust, using a CD lens cleaner, and using the drive in Windows Vista (I have dual boot configuration). I have also tried cross-flashing it to Lite-On's new firmware but it didn't seem to flash properly or at all.
I know I voided the warranty by opening up the drive but I wasn't going to send it in to the manufacturer anyways.
Any way to fix this or any ideas on what is wrong mechanically so I know what to clean / fix when I open it again?
You help is greatly appreciated.