Ya, after combing thru the internet over the course of a couple of WEEKS, ya weeks!! I found lots of people with the same issue but only a few had resolved the problems. I think ive tried most all of the suggested help...removing upper and lower filters, installed new firmware, went to the manufactures web site..which is overseas....and entirely in chineese...lol ...I've went to the hp website and found special driver section for people who downgrade to xp like i did and i downloaded every friggin driver that they had listed for my pc. While that made my computer run much better, it did nothing for my cd/dvdw drive. Turns out that HP built the pavillion around Vista and dont recommend using any other operating system on it. Ive tried nero 9 and a couple of other 3rd party burners/rippers..no help there, I have no errors on my device manager tree, however looking in the registry, i did find that the cd rom has no value assigned to it,
Now, the device DOES work, kinda...I was able to install xp and could browse the cd. I got so frusterated i decided to completely reformat my hard drive and installed xp again..no change..i can install stuff using a manufactures disk too ...like my verizon wireless installation disk. But when i put a blank cd, cdr, cdrw, dvd, dvdr dvdrw or any blank disk in the drive, it just spins and slows my computer way down until i take it out. While it was in the drive, I opened MY COMPUTER and it shows the cd rom drive letter but nothing else.
I am still dealing with this so any suggestions given ill be sure to consider. Thanks to all who replied,..and if for some reason i fix this problem...ill be sure to let everyone know what worked. Thanks again..