OK guys (& gals) I've got a bit of a problem. I recently reformated and everything was working fine for like a month. Yesterday, I tried to install MS Office onto my laptop & it wouldnt let me. The DVD I have it on was being picked up as a blank CD rather than a DVD with data on it. I tried using the CD version & it started up the install process OK (asking where I wanted to install, etc) but when it came time to actually start the install, the drive started clicking & it couldnt install (I got tired of listening to the clicks & terminated it cause it was just sitting there not doing anything).
I have had similar problems with trying to access data off of other CDs. Windows will detect the CD & the pop up comes up saying "There are verious kinds of data on this CD..." when I open it up in Explorer, it shows me what's on the CD fine, but when I try to copy off the CD, it starts to click again & wont copy (claiming it cant read from the source).
Both the Office CD & DVD should be good - I used them both on another PC a few days prior & they've been in their nice binder so they didnt get scratched or anything since.
The drive does, however work with DVD Shrink & DVD Decrypt. I've got a copy of Alien3 playing in my stand alone that I ripped and burnt after the whole issue started & it seems to be doing well.
Any suggestions on how to fix it? Or is the drive fracked & will need replacing?
Device manager is picking it up alright (_NEC DVD+-RW ND-6650A) and to the best of my knowledge there have been no changes to the system since.