Has anyone else had this? Any ideas if I should investigate hardware or software? I tried it with both PowerDVD and VLC - neither recognizes a disc in the drive (oh and yes it is meant to be a DVD R/W drive BTW!)
no - think none is "seen" - varies depending on the disc I put in though I think and of course CDs are fine - sometimes I am unsure which optical format things are (IE install discs may be either I guess, but movies either burnt or bought are failing) shall investigate further though!
Surprisingly MADDDOG (Compusa house brand). Cheap as dirt, plays/burns anything, quiet. My best Burner ever.
But first go to device mangler and make sure it recognizes the drive by name, not just "generic drive". If it doesn't have the drive ID'd right saying DVD something or other - Remove the drive (power and ide). Reboot. Shut down and reinstall the drive. See if it recognizes it as a DVD Optical drive then.
If you're feeling lazy just select uninstall for the device listed in device mangler and then reboot. Faster but not as complete as the disconect method.