Re: DVD RW Drive Problem
The laser in the drive has a finite life span, and sometimes it seems to be
way to short.
I have seen a drive unable to detect any DVD disk after only about 25 hours
of actual recording time. The drive was 1 year old and, as most drives,
plays disks much more than it records disks. The CD function worked fine.
I have had 3 Sony drives fail prior to reaching an actual DVD recording time
of 50 hours. I now have a Lite-On that is approaching 100 hours and still
Note that when recording fails, playback may still work. Also, because there
are 2 lasers, one for DVD and one for CD, one of the functions may be fine
while the other is defective.
Windows Desktop Experience & Security
"JamesJ" <jjy@darwin_roadrunne0r.com> wrote in message
> BIOS didn't detect it either.
> The drive is 3 years old.
> Could it go bad in that short of time?
> "GTS" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> "JamesJ" <jjy@darwin_roadrunne0r.com> wrote in message
>>> What would cause Vista x32 sp2 to all of a sudden not see my
>>> DVD RW Drive. I went to open it today and nothing happened.
>>> I checked 'Computer' and the device wasn't there. I checked
>>> BIOS and it showed as 'None'. The only option in the BIOS other
>>> than 'None' was 'Disabled'
>>> I opened my computer and checked the ribbon which seemed to be
>>> connected ok. After jiggling the ribbon and checking the other
>>> connections it now seems to be ok.
>>> Could this be a bad ribbon?
>> Yes, or it could have been a loose or dirty connection. It's also
>> possible that the drive may be failing and will act up intermittently.
>> Note the MS Fix mentioned is irrelevant. If the drive was not being
>> detected by the BIOS, it has nothing to do with Windows.