FINALLY!! other people with my problem!! unfortunately, i've had this same problem for 6 months now and cannot get yamaha (after 2 typed letters via snail mail, numerous emails and 1 phone call) to address the issue. they told me over the phone my options were this (since my drive was 3 months outside of warranty)
- send the drive in for repairs = $140
- send the drive in towards purchase of new yamaha drive
i told the guy chances were i wouldn't be purchasing a yamaha drive if those were my options.
recently, however, i received an e-mail from someone who is helpful finally. he attached an older firmware (1.0b). it is hard as hell to install it, but once i got it, i at least got some functionality back from the drive. windows xp recognizes it sometimes and i can rip to mp3's (but it is very slow - using musicmatch it gets about 8x instead of my old 20-24x back in the days!!).
PM me if you would like me to send you this 1.0b firmware....sigh...i wish the drive just worked like it's supposed to.
if anyone has any updated information, i am ALL EARS!!