I recently bought a replacement drive for my laptop, and this is really screwing me up. I spent about 6 hours last night, till about 2:15am from about 8pm... working on it.
Installing it took about 45 minutes.. well maybe a little longer because I had to find my pdf service manual.. took about 20 minutes or so.
ONce I got it in, I booted windows. I am running longhorn 4008 atm.. that may be a reason this is screwed.. who knows.
Well I prayed to god when I booted that I hadn't shorted the motherboard or anything.. nope I hadn't boots fine. When it booted the cdrom spins with a disk inside.. like it is reading the disk. The power works. The tray button works, it pops out when I push it. It spins and reads disks etc.. I can tell it works.
But windows will not read the drive. I tried scanning for the hardware changes.. I tried manually adding the device.. There's no option for a CDROM, CDRW, or DVD drive. Bare in mind I went from a regular play 24X CDROM to a Combo CDRW/DVD drive. The previous drive is fried.. after about 3 years of good use it has had it..
So after nothing worked, I thought, well maybe I didn't seat the drive well enough. So I take the laptop apart..
Took the drive out, checked it over, looked fine. reinstalled it, this time paying special attention to the connector. Firmly seated it into the interface socket on the motherboard.
Booted the machine, popped a CD inside.. it spun up.. like it was reading the disk. Once in windows, I went to my computer and the drive was missing.. it was not being added automatically... like windows cannot read the drive or something.
I tried in vane to find a driver that would work:
Teac DW-224E DVD+CDRW - 8x + 24x24x24
that is the drive title and type.
Teac says that drive should be picked up with windows.
so then I go to this site and cannot believe my ears:
I haven't tried their suggestions to isolate pin #47 for the cable select feature and I haven't tried the firmware update (I don't want to screw the drive)....
Do any of you have any suggestions before I take these drastic steps?