Posted 15 November 2006 - 11:58 PM
With you computer off disconnect the power and IDE cable, start and shut down the computer, reattach the power and IDE cords and restart the computer and see if it is recognized as a new device.
If your optical drive uses drivers you might check to see if there are newer ones available. A bad IDE cable will also produce the same symptoms.
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