I suspect the solution is 'buy a new dvd burner' but if anyone knows of any stupid firmware issues that make dvd burners spazz out that I can fix without needing to replace the drive i would appreciate it.
Uh, the pc I'm trying to fix is running XP pro. The drive is a 'SONY DVD RW AW-G170A'
I have tried:
Updating firmware (it wont let me)
Reinstalling the drive and also all ide drivers via the device manager
Clearing registry (but there's some hopelessly vague Microsoft 'fix' regarding deleting high and low ... somethings (sorry for being vague).
... blowing dust out of the drive with a dust blower
I probably need to replace the drive which is cool but if anyone knows an obvious fix that im not discovering via google then thanks a million. I'm not expecting others to do my research for me but I know some of you are way more tech savvy than I am and might just know what the problem is.