I did the most stupid thing. Upgrade the firmware (official 3.04) without reading first the included Read.ME. I quote:
"Connect drive to secondary IDE channel as Master, use standard UDMA-2 IDE cable
Disconnect all slave hardware from IDE secondary Master
Update in Windows "Safe Mode"
Under Windows 2000 & XP login as administrator
Update without DMA mode, under Windows XP & 2000 in the device manager - "IDE ATA/ ATAPI controllers", you can switch from DMA to PIO mode "
I did no such thing. The drive was Secondary Slave from normal Windows, not Safe mode. The update procedure ended succesfully, restarted PC, but NEC led ON. On next restart Windows started up slower than other times. After startup and after new device recognition (Yes, the drive is recognisable !!! - in device manager and in Nero as well) the LED turned off and I thought "OK. Just fine".... Until I pressed the eject button. LED on for 2-3 minutes, PC sluggish...
Is my burner dead ? Is there any way to revive it ???
PLEASE SOME HELP !!!!!!!