Ok, this one will require a screwdriver.
Go to Device Manager and remove/delete your non-working DVD/RW drive there.
Turn off your PC and unplug it from the wall socket.
Not it is time for the screwdriver.
Open the PC case and disconnect the DVD/RW drive data cable, either IDE or
Plug the 110 volt power cable back in the wall socket and turn on your PC.
Let Vista "see" that there is no DVD/RW drive (check that in Device Manager).
Turn off your PC and unplug it again.
Reconnect the IDE or SATA cable back to the drive.
At this moment I would try to connect the other end of the data cable to
another spare SATA port or IDE port, if available.
Otherwise, leave it where it was already.
Close the PC case again (screwdriver time!), we won't be opening it again.
Turn on your PC. Crossing your fingers is allowed at this stage.
Once Vista has finished booting and the hard disk seems to have decided to
stop spinning, go to Windows Explorer and see if the drive is present.
Check if it is working with a known good CD-ROM or DVD.
Best of luck!
> I sure hope it's not my last shot Unfortunately I have already tried
> system restore but there was no restore points going back far enough to fix
> this problem. I think with all the stuff I tried to get this done, it created
> too many restore points recently. Is my only option to reinstall Vista? Or
> can anyone think of a last, last bullet
> "Carlos" wrote:
> > Hi,
> > I once had that problem and my only solution was a System Restore to a date
> > when the DVD drive was working fine.
> > It is your last shot or, at least, my last bullet.
> > Carlos