Now, Jason has been helping me through different avenues. He had me download Everest. I'd be happy to post the info here if needed. Herk has given me a few pointers as well. Thanks to both of these great guys!
Jason had me disconnect my all-in-one and when I put a DVD in the drive, I heard some noise that I didn't hear before. It didn't sound deadly or scratchy so I figured it might be a good sign. The disk does move/turn/rotate. But the light for the drive doesn't come on. So, it's not even thinking. On the Run command, I get a box that says "Please insert a disk into the drive". But I get no errors. Only that box. Only on command. It no longer reads music or data CD's and I'm not sure when it stopped doing that. I worked on this for a couple of months but I gave up.
I've researched this to death. I can't stand looking anymore.
The Sony and Pioneer sites are rather useless. I have a Sony computer that came with a Pioneer DVD drive and a Sony CD drive.
A drive = floppy
C drive = main HD
D drive = 2nd HD
E drive = either CD or DVD drive
G drive = either CD or DVD drive
This is where it gets complicated. Depending on where I look, the E drive is the CD-ROM drive, but I've also seen that it's the DVD-ROM drive. Under Sounds and Multimedia in the Control Panel, I found that the DVD media device was check marked as disabled. I changed that (and hoped it was my EUREKA! moment), restarted the computer, but no change.
I then opened up the tower, dusted a bit (I do this like a bad habit), checked the connections as far as I could see. My intention was to remove the DVD drive physically so that I might be able to dust inside. A CD/DVD cleaner with the brush on it (no liquid) didn't work. I ran it a few times.
Tell me what you can. ANY advice is greatly appreciated. What about drivers, updates, codecs (whatever that is)?
UGH! Might help to know that it's a PIONEER DVD-ROM DVD-116R (16x/40x DVD-ROM).
Edited by TexasAngel67, 11 April 2005 - 09:16 PM.