I have a Lite-On drive, LTD-163. The light flashes when the PC reboots, but the drive isn’t recognized by Windows. When I installed the drive for the first time, it was recognized by Windows. However …
This drive had trouble reading disks because of the obvious dust, lint, and contamination. So I removed the cover and blew it all out with compressed air. That led to the state that the drive is now in. I suspect the drive is good, but one must know what to do.
If the drive can’t be flashed in it’s current state, isn’t there a chip with a pin that can be shorted to ground in order to reset or erase the contents of the chip and allow a flash ? (I’ve done this with a USR modem)