Okay guys & gals, I'd really like to salvage this drive but I think it's day has come.
~Will not read DVD data discs or DVD Video discs; same with cd-rom's
~extended duration of blinking light but it does stop after a long time
~ Windows Explorer recognizes the drive but reports no disc
~as drive tries to read disc, strange semi-grinding/scratching noises occur
~AnyDVD says "Drive N is disabled"
I think I can still burn to it, I'lll have to check...are there two lasers, one for read & one for write?
I have tried to repair with the EEPROM utility posted here and then re-flashed with a modded HSOR firmware.
This seems to have started after a long hiatus of burning 99 minute cdrs with J. River Media Center which differs from Nero in that you can't set the overburn to 99min but it still burns a disc.
Opinions welcome if this drive is to be tossed or any more ideas to salvage it...thanks!