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 SPD8005BM/17 slim dvdrw. 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.