Thx for all your help giovanni. And many thx to that link.
Yeah i agree, its more likely to be those 2 (CD or bios/motherboard). Narrowing it down...
On the safe side Ill leave bios updates for last.
And if the writer needs a reflash id better let the tech do it... the cd is still under warranty and i dont want to void it unecessarily.
The computer and writer (still is the same that came with it) have different warranty periods.
...but from what i have read i really do think it is something software...
Oh yes? geez im really messed up now... lol.
I know u aint sure but plz tell me why then and what, i may have missed something.
to burnercheif: Device not read, Boot sector not recognized or whatever is the default message of any unbootable cd.
And no i dont have a burned bootable copy.
Well that spike was the only thing Major that i had up to date that i can think of being directly related.
Ive had outtages before, but i normally disconnect until the power comes back on. Oh and i have a spike protector (or whatever u call it) but that is not fullproof i gather. I dont even know if the think works or just a gimmick, lol.
This one was a 1sec flick off, flick on, that rebooted my machine + changed the settings. I had the computer on, house lights on and it also flickered everywhere in the house, so it wasnt anything specific just to the computer power supply system.
The cause would be easier if i knew the exact moment of this problem settling in...
just remembered sometime later when i was looking like mad for a possible cause.
If it wasnt for the boot lock i wouldnt have taken so much notice.
Ive had short outtages while the puter was on, but on reboots everything was ok, never locked up on restart before. Normally they are long enough to disconnect, or boot up with power on button. This particular one wasnt.
[All others issues i cant find a direct relation clearly since it was working fine before. I had nero, incd, daemon all installed prior.
Unless it was XP update induced or the wmp9 issue.]
Im not sure if it changed any other settings... however, (i did not mention yet) the Bios Load and Setup Load settings are exactly the same.
Now i recall when i got the computer 1year ago, i checked those settings to know what i had... and loaded up both... and they where different. They normally always are anyway.
Well when the cd arrives (with the tech).:bigsmile:, next week i hope, we can be sure.
Ah... almost forgot to mention.
I used ol' dos commands (as suggested by MS) with "xcopy" and "copy". It failed to read and copy FROM the CD.
If it went ok it the CDrw would not be the problem as the troubleshooter suggests. (if anyone wants the link ill post it).
As it failed, MS suggests more troubleshooting to determine if it is the CDplayer.
Other than that not much progress.