Thanks all for your quick replies.
Here's some more info:
- to restore u need to have backup of EEPROM.
I got the EEPROM utility and it is backed up (after the CD technology Failed)
- it must be a clone of liteon to flash it whit liteon FW(i think its >> SOHW-1633S 16x+R, 4x+RW, 2.4x+R9, 8x-R, 4x-RW right ?)
you are right.
but before ... check if your PC can bootup from that burner.
Tried to boot winXP upgrade disk, won't boot.
"If all else fails, hit it with a big hammer."
Wood chipper is more exciting.
If your drive isnt working properly the last thing you want to do is crossflash it, crossflashing will not fix a damaged drive, i suggest you try the burner in a different machine to see wether its a software issue or a damaged drive.
I may have a machine fast enough to try it in, but won't be able to for a few days.
It will read and burn DVD's. Is the CD technology different? Can that be seperately damaged? I will wait on crossflashing, but could updated firmware 'fix' it? Can the Nero software damage it? (I have no idea what the firmware does for this drive).
You can try uninstalling inCD.
First thing I did was uninstall inCD (found this forum quickly), Nero start smart, and cleaned computer with Nero cleaners. No CD support from drive. Windows restore didn't help either.
If you suffered a neverending leadout while burning a cd (unfortunatelly you did not tell us what the error message was) your drive may be permanently damaged.
Yeah, I wish I could remember, but I think it seemed 'locked-up' while trying to format a CD-RW after burning files onto a DVD+RW. When I gave it the 3-finger salute, that's when I got the error message. That, through MS error-report sent me to Nero's upgrade. If, I remember correctly, then, it happened just before the Nero upgrade.
By the way, what is this lead-out thingee that keeps being mentioned? How would that damage the drive?
That's all I can think of for now,
Thanks again for your time and wisdom,