Before I formatted my hard drive, my drive worked just fine when I wanted to burn or read discs. Now it refuses to read data discs, such as my game CDs, but can still read music CDs and burn just about anything, and I have no clue what is happening. I was using WinXP Pro SP1, but after the reformat I now have SP2 installed, I dunno if that is the problem or not. LiteOn won't help me and neither will Microsoft, and to make matters worse, my new install of Linux on my second hard drive is having problems using the drive, so I'm pretty convinced that it is either a hardware problem or a BIOS issue.
Whenever I put a CD in, for example Vampire: The Masquerade Bloodlines, it spins up and acts like it is trying to read it, then keeps trying for a minute or so then stops, and the CD appears blank. Before, it would spin up some, then it would stop and the green light on the drive would blink on and off slowly 3 times, then do nothing. I found out IMAPI support was off for some reason, then I turned it back on and it quit blinking like that, but it still says discs I put in are blank. I also tried turning off DMA, and updated the firmware with the latest from LiteOn, but neither helped. If I try to run the game the CD is for, it says the CD isn't in the drive. I know the CDs are still good because they work fine on my WinXP Pro laptop, as well as a friend's Sony laptop. What is going on with my drive? Do I just need to get a new drive? Or do I need another reformat? It's making me insane, please help me! >.<