Replace the burner (temporarily) just to see if a different one works...if so, the answer is clear.
Typically...an optical drive doesn't die all at once. This function disappears, that function disappears...that's my experience.
Since I don't expect them to last forever, I always have a spare on hand when that happens and I just change the player out.
Maybe others have insights that I don't have regarding such situations as you seem to be in.
You could always try the standard registry edit for optical drives, but I would not expect much.
While editing the registry gives you access to a wealth of options that may not be offered to you through the user interface, it also gives you the means to completely mess up your system in the time it takes to reboot. While restoring a computer with registry problems is now a fair bit more possible thanks to the system restore features built into Windows XP (which we cover later in this article), it's still a good idea to make a manual backup of your registry before making any changes to it.
A manual backup creates a file of your registry information, which can be stored until needed, and restored to roll your registry back to a stable state in case of disaster. This also gives you the added security of being able to store the backup on removable media such as a floppy or CD to be kept until needed
Upper & Lower Filters - http://delltrain.wordpress.com/2008/07/15/...d-lower-filter/
Upper & Lower Filters - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/316529
Upper and Lower Filters. CD-ROM 314060 - http://support.microsoft.com/kb/314060
If you go that route, be advised that registry edits (no matter how standard) need to be treated with caution. The most important step is to backup your registry before initiating any edits. A good tool for doing such is ERUNT Registry Backup Tool - http://www.snapfiles.com/get/erunt.html
Edited by hamluis, 18 December 2009 - 09:08 AM.