The first and most important issue im having is that all 3 computers will not recognize that there is a blank CD in the drive. However, if i put a written cd in the drive it will display that there is something on the disk if using a burning tool, but still will not acknowledge the disk via my computer or navigation to the drive letter. But then again, it has no problem recognizing the windows CD or game CDs/DvDs. I tried to burn a copy of Ubuntu with a disk already in the drive and it ask for a blank disk (cd), when i ejected the disk and poped it back in it started the burn and burned it. I was able to restart and boot from CD bringing up the install screen (but i think somethign went wrong with the iso burn and woudl not let me boot from live disk but thats another story). Now that same disk will not be recognized again in windows. All of my machines do this.
Second issue. My PC and Laptop 2 will plug and play my external WD My Book USB drive and read and write to it with no problems. Laptop 1 does the same thing as it does with CDs. It will say that there is something there but will not bring up a listing of it in My Computer or open by navigation... In device manager it will list it as a hard ware and it also has a "Remove Safely" option in the task bar.
Third issue is that none of my computers will create a home group... When i try to it says "You can not create a homegroup on this computer."
These are new installs PC and Laptop 1 were both installed on clean metal, and laptop 2 was installed over XP.
I hope someone can shed some light on this subject because its a pain in the ass to relocate files or try and install new stuff like linux if i cant have drives working or be able to share files between computers. Im going nuts over this. I often stair at my computers in a dumbfounded manner. I mean if it says its there it should access it right? It doesnt make sense to me.
* just a quick side note: I tried again after making this post to restart laptop 1 with the Ubuntu disk (that it doesnt show is there in windows unless you look at file size via a burning program) and it booted it. Laptop 2 does not even try, it goes straight into windows. I have not tried with the PC because im currently downloading another copy of Ubuntu because the disk integrity self check on installation says there is an error. Ill give you this error just in case someone that reads this knows what the problem is .. mind you this is not why im posting or even wishing this to be answered... just throwing it out there. *
BusyBox v1.13.3 (Ubuntu 1:1.13.3-1ubuntu7) built-in shell (ash)
Enter 'help' for a list of built in commands.
(initramfs) Unable to find a medium containing a live file system
Edited by Obeyance, 04 March 2010 - 08:06 PM.