OK, so here's what happened.
I was clumsy and dropped a tower of blank DVDs behind my desk. It caught on some of my power cables and ripped the power bars from the outlet, shutting everything down. Yes, I was in the middle of burning a DVD when this happened.
I plugged everything back in and rebooted.
First thing, before I even see the Windows welcome screen, it says that "the hardware on your computer has changed significantly since you last registered your Windows product - you have three days to re-register your copy of Windows XP". OK, WTF? I say "do it later" and Windows boots.
It is now not recognising my DVD Optical Drive. I have an:
The drive itself doesn't seem to be getting any power at all. I had to put a pin in it to get the drawer open to remove my half burnt DVD. I made sure the connections were OK internally (easy since it's SATA).
I go to the device manager and it's telling me that there's a CD Drive installed in it's place. It's being referred to as a:
TC3310A FAY110R SCSI CdRom Device (????) I have never had this kind of CdRom in my PC and a search online reveals nothing about this.
If I try to update drivers - it's only searching for drivers for the CdRom Device. I can't get it to recognise my LG drive. I wanted to do a rollback but those were somehow deleted when the power was cut so suddenly. I have NO IDEA what the heck is going on. :a
I have tried uninstalling the CdRom device and rebooting. When I ask it to detect new hardware it finds the same d*mn CdRom Device, not my LG. I cannot seem to find drivers for it anywhere including the LG site (it's my understanding that the drivers would be on the Windows OS itself anyways) I have tried looking for the correct drivers in Windows folders but I cannot find anything.
I downloaded a "Driver Doctor" and it was able to find out that the LG Drivers are still on my system....but it doesn't tell me where they'd be and I still cannot find them and I have no idea how to get them to replace the CdRom Drivers that are now there.
I am beating my head on the desk right about now. PLEASE, can anyone offer a suggestion or a solution to get my DVD Drive working again?
I re-registered my Windows so that's taken care of. Everything else seems totally normal. No other strangeness.