Hello, Club CD Freaks!
I recently tried to install a new hard drive into my computer, but once installed my DVD drive immediately stopped working. I had made no changes to my DVD drive during this installation so I was a bit perplexed. I tried all the different jumper settings to no avail. I have since removed the new hard drive and the problem persists. I even used System Restore back to the installation of Windows XP Professional when I knew the drive to be working.
The drive reads at boot and lights up when I insert a disc in Explorer, but refuses to spin up and read the media. It is also absent from My Computer. I checked Device Manager and believe Other Devices - Unknown Device to be my DVD drive, but none of the available drivers remedy this problem.
Thinking that it might just be a Windows problem, I tried booting from my Windows install CD but after the drive spins up I am met with an eternal black screen. Has my poor drive seen the last of it's days? :<
My drive is a NEC ND-3550A which I bought OEM about a year ago along with the rest of my computer. I have had no problems with this or any of my devices until attempting to install that new hard drive.