DVD drive malfunctioning.
A few days ago, I logged onto my computer and decided to play some COD4. I put the cd in the drive, waited for the autorun, and it never came. So, i just clicked the little icon in my desktop, and it gave me an error message saying the cd wasn't there.
I opened My Computer, and the only drives that came up were my two hard drives, it would not even acknowledge the existence of my DVD drive. I restarted, and it still was not there. I restarted again, and saw that it came up in my bios, but Vista refuses to recognize it.
So, I did a system restore with a restore point from like 2 days ago (I had used my DVD drive since then) and nothing happened. I did another restore to a point like a week ago and it worked...kinda. Now, I can see my DVD drive in my computer, and the little disc logo icon even comes up, and i can right-click the drive and explore it, but it gives me some error code, but it still lets me explore it.
But, any time i try to transfer data from the dvd drive to my hard drive, it freezes my computer. Its pretty darn frustrating. For instance, when i put in any cd, i can explore it, and it lets me see all the files on the cd, and i can even navigate through folders and sub-folders, but i cannot transfer any of the data to my computer, nor can i run instillation wizards or anything at all.
I think now I'm going to try and replace the sata cable, and if that doesn't work, I'm just going to kick my computer a few times and see where that gets me. Or maybe find a new DVD drive.
O, one more thing, i installed pinnacle 10.something a few days ago (it might have been the last successful time i used the DVD drive), and now every time i start Vista it tells me that InstantWrite DVD has stopped working. That's probably important. I might have to uninstall Pinnacle. I'll try that. Any other suggestions?
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