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KaIIen

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For an unknown reason, my DVD drive has stopped working. When I insert a disk, the green light flashes briefly after the tray closes and then nothing. When I try to open or explore in Windows Explorer, it just opens a blank window. Nor does a disk autostart. I am running XP Home SP2, and the drive is a LiteOn DVDRW SHM-165H6S.
I have not installed any new software/drivers/updates. I have not changed any settings. I searched, and in the following link followed JohnWills instructions for the reg edit.
http://forums.techguy.org/hardware/525621-solved-dvd-cd-rom-drive.html#post4246017

I tried reseating the IDE cable, as well as move the jumper from Master to Cable Select. No error or conflict appears within device manager. I uninstalled the drive (device manager) and let Windows "find new hardware'...According to device manager, it is working properly. Also, it responds to the context menu eject command. I have tried both CDs and DVDs, both commercial and disks I have created. Not sure what is the cause here. I'd be greatful for help!
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crjdriver

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Drives do fail. As a quick test, put in your xp CD and reboot. Enter the bios and check to see that the CD is the first boot device. Now restart and see if you can boot from the problem drive. If it does not boot from the xp CD, your drive has most likely failed. You could pull it and try it in another machine to be sure.
 
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