Hello Sig220, Hello Anyone Out There Who Might Be Able To Help!!!
I have experienced this same issue. So frustrating. The last time that my CD-DVD/Rom drive actually worked was when I was importing some CDs into iTunes. It has been exhibiting the same symtoms that you explain. I can burn discs, but no matter what I try, the OS/windows explorer will not recognize that a disc is in the "D:" drive nor run nor display any of the contents of any discs of any type.
I am running Windows XP Home Edition V2 Service Pack on an Alienware Area 51 PC, Intel Pentium 4, 3GHz with 1 GB RAM. The drivers are all up to date. The hardware is not the issue: I bought and replaced the disc drive twice and experienced the same issue each time (took the unecceasry new hardware back where I bought it from). I have tried clearing out the upper and lower filters in the registery. I have run Windows mechanic. I uninstalled iTunes completely. I reset the program access defaults from custom back to "Windows". I even took my PC to a repair guy here in Las Vegas, all to no avail - even he was stumped. He suggested installing Windows 7 and accepting the loss of all of the software that I have on my PC that I no loger have access to the the install discs for (ugh). Did you ever get a resolution to this issue?
Everyone seems to come back with some basic response that the laser is dirty, driver is not updated or the disc drive has gone bad. This does not appear to be the issue here at all based on my experiences. There is some kind of settings or software problem going on here, I presume, and from your post I am starting to think that it might havce some connection to iTunes...
I am at my wits end and dont really have the $$ to get in to a new computer, etc.
Anyone have any help/advice that they can provide? Many thanks in advance