I have a problem and I hope the good people at Club CDFreaks can help. I have a Dell M1210 running Vista (upgraded). A few months ago (way after the Vista upgrade), my NEC 6650a drive lost the capability to read or burn CDs. DVDs work just fine. I tried clearing out my filters, uninstalling other burning software (I only use explorer to burn) and updating/disabling/reinstalling the driver. No such luck.
So I bit the bullet and took it into a shop. They told me the drive was bad and needed to be replaced. I didn’t feel like purchasing the exact replacement from Dell ($109) but instead bought a Phillips [B]SPD8005BM/17 slim dvdrw. [/B]The install went just fine, even took pictures, but the system won’t recognize the drive. The light on the drive flashes once upon boot up but it can’t be found in the device manager. I tried reinstalling the IDE controllers but that did nothing. I even reinstalled my NEC and that continues to work (except for CDs of course).
So I hear it might be a master/slave problem. Everything I can find online is either about desktops or involves re soldering. I can’t figure out what’s wrong. Any ideas? Thanks.[/QUOTE]
Might be to late to ask but why did you change to Vista? Did you update your system after vista to vista SP1? What O/S did you have previously on your laptop? If you burner was working before doing all burning and reading then the problem might lie in the Vista O/S itself. As if you read up people have had problem with the O/S granted there are those who says then didn’t have problem but I think the problem is more then the no problem users. I am with XP SP3 and will stick with it for some time. How I see it if you don’t need all the bells and whistle then just stick with XP as it still a viable program. But that is my opinion in the end. I don’t think you can change slave master on laptop drives but I might be wrong. Is your latop still under warranty? And when you upgraded was it user upgrade or did you take it to the shop for them to upgrade the laptop? If the later they should fix the problem and not you or charge you for it. As they should be aware of problems by now with Vista.