It's been a while, but... I think the drive is toast.
I ended up wiping out XP & loaded Ubuntu & even the Ubuntu bootable couldn't be read.
Would excessive heat from the laptop running possibly do that to an optical drive? When running Windows, the laptop's fan would run on high constantly & thus make most of the keyboard quite warm. (Matter of fact, the XP recovery cds shut the laptop down to the point where I couldn't reload XP. That was when I decided to move away from Windows on it.)
My Dell Inspiron is running fairly warm (as I leave it on playing WinAmp almost all the time). I'm a little worried I might toast that drive too if it can happen by excessive warmth.
Edited by lonewolfette9847, 17 December 2011 - 01:10 AM.