Today I inserted an official music CD, and suddenly, it launches this screen-wide flash-type show of some sort. Never seen anything like that before, ever. In the Task Manager, under applications, it simply says "START" with a generic-looking blue and white box icon. I quit whatever the heck that was, and opened WMP, and tried to rip the music, but the window froze, and the program was duplicated in the Task Manager, which said it wasn't responding. I ended the task, and tried to eject the CD via right-click, but the "Eject" option wasn't there. I tried pressing the button to eject the CD manually, but no response whatsoever. I had to restart the computer, whereupon I was able to manually eject the CD.
On my next try, I opened WMP first thing, full mode, on the rip screen, then inserted the CD. The music showed up, and I think it was at this point that I actually got it to rip. After that though, again, the CD Drive is nonexistent and can't be ejected. I try restarting again, and suddenly, Windows will not even begin to shut down. I had to manually shut off the computer, and press the button to start it up again, which it thankfully did.
Also, I should mention that before the ripping worked, I got an error message saying "Windows cannot play this in digital mode, must switch to analog mode. Visualizations are not available."
This actually isn't the first time Windows has failed to recognize the CD Drive; it did that even with the Microsoft Office CD after I'd reinstalled Windows XP the first time. And I had similar problems with CD ripping when I had WMP 11 installed. I rolled it back to 10. Well, technically, it somehow automatically rolled back to 9, and then I had to upgrade it to 10.
I really have no bleeping clue what's going on here. Please help! Unfortunately, I am in no position to reinstall Windows again or anything drastic like that. Is there a driver I can simply reinstall or something like that?
Edit: I checked out the CD/DVD-Rom drive in the Device Manager, tried updating the driver, but it said it couldn't find anything better than what I had. And obviously recognized it in the first place, which is even more frustrating. It's apparently an "HL-DT-ST DVD-RW GWA-4040N" if that makes any difference.
Edited by Bachiatari, 28 August 2008 - 02:14 PM.