I hope this will be an easy answer !
I have 2 different Optical drives on the older XP SP3 Home PC The first is a Pioneer DVD-Rom DVD-106 the other is a Plextor-CDR PX-W4012A
I did say older.
When a CD is inserted in each both will start to spin but the media is not recognized this includes a Windows XP-2 CD from Microsoft.
But I am able to boot from that Microsoft CD (uninstalled XP SP3 first) and ran the XP InPlace Upgrade / Repair with no problems.
Since I was able to boot and run the InPlace Upgrade of XP, I would think that hardware and dust problems would be eliminated ??
But to have 2 different Optical Drives have the same problem at the same time!
Tried deleting both drives in Device Manager with no positive results.
Here is where the problem “might” be.
Looked for the registry key to delete the Higher Filters and Lower Filters Could not find those keys NOR the .bak keys for the filters
Could not find out how to reinstall those keys without reformatting. There should be a way? This may not solve this problem but thought I would try.
Hope several might have an easy solution for the above and other recommendations.
Thank You for Everyones Help