|Thanks OTH! I will do that. I popped over to Fry's to p/u some blank DVD/R disks so that I can do a proper HDD image backup, prior to my (possibly) doing a Toshiba System Recovery which is in my F12/F8/Advanced options as suggested by the MS support article (link) that you advised, but even though I can revert back...I'm only going to proceed with that option as a final resort. I just got my computer set up the way I like and I've got loads of apps on there and I'm not relishing the rather daunting + time consuming task of having to reload it all, as TSR will seriously throw my system into the "way-back machine"! *|
Excellent job, btw...regarding your explanation of the inner-workings of the DVD/RW+CD/RW drive, to 'Shack1'. Concise and to point but accurate...except that, unless I'm mistaken, aren't there 3 lasers (i.e., 2 for the DVD sub-assembly and 1 for the CD/RW sub-assembly...with the two DVD lasers aimed at opposing ~45 degree angles so as to read the 'pseudo-holographic' dual layer format of the DVD disk)? My guess is that maybe you were probably aware of this but wanted to keep it simple and dispense with any irrelevant info, so simply meant 2 laser sub-assemblies.
On that note, I haven't discounted the possibility that perhaps my unit might have a blown CD laser too but the DiskInfo reports that I received tell me that my ASPI layer is definately corrupted and that the region is locked. If I understand correctly re-installing Nero 7 in Compatibility Mode or installing a Win 7 compatible version of Nero will restore both ASPI layer and unlock the region, however thus far I have seen no definitive explanation on the Internet as to whether this is true or not.
In any case, ultimately, I know that the software issues are correctable and if I have to replace the optical drive and if those are the worst of my problems...I don't have any. : q Oh well...wish me luck and thanks for all the help and info!
*(circa: 'Fractured Fairy-tales/Simon and Peabody' featured by the Rocky and Bullwinkle Show)