I got a little great news! Now I'm sure my drive is alive. It is recognized by windows and I can hear the the disc spinnig(in some case for 3-4 seconds only, in one case it really spins up!) and also the eject button and the "eject" from windows (right click on the drive - eject) fully works. But what happens when I insert a disc?
If I open the drive and then I close it WITHOUT insert a disc, the yellow led on my drive flashes for about 5 seconds. That's all.
If I open the drive and insert a disc, the drive behaviour is the same as when I DO NOT INSERT a disc. In fact, with a disc inside the drive, if I click on the drive icon, a window pops up saying "Insert a disc in unit E". If I'm not wrong this means that the drive can't recognize if I put in a cd or not. (even if i can hear the disc spinning)
I thought my drive was dead, until the moment I tried to put inset different kind of discs: CDs, DVDs, CDs I bought, CDs I create... I found an old CD from a french book: when insert it the drive's led doesn't flashes only for 5 seconds, but for more longer. the drive make its normal noise while reading, i can really hear the drive spinnig up and the led is continuously flashing. My drive cannot read this disc, but at least it recognizes to have a cd inside and if I click on the icon of the drive it does not says "insert a disc in unit E" but the win Vista's "spinning cd icon" pops up near the mouse arrow.
This could maybe indicate that the my drive is alive and it hasn't got a firmware problem but maybe it has got some issues to Lens or Laser (some mechanical problems, not firmware's: in fact it seems unable to read)
To answer your question:
- Drive is fully recognized
- No errors in device manager (drive recognized with the right name; no yellow !)
- I tried many different Linux Distro i have at home (gentoo, dream linux, ubuntu) but I cannot boot form the drive
- I can hear the disc spinning ( most for 5 seconds, one for long)
- eject button fully works