|I am having a very similar issue. I have been having some highly strange activity on my pc as of late that goes along with it.|
Having the exact same issue, that my CD drive is present, Windows recognizes the drive, the drive is viewed as functional, it can even read disks... to some extent. But if i try to open a file on a disk, it craps out and spins an hour glass in front of me indefinitely.
Also, this is the way i first found out about this. If I go to try to burn a disk, it advises me thru nero that I have to have an administrator grant permissions.. however this is on the administrator profile in Win XP: Black.
I figured it was just the DVDRW drive going bad... until my sons PC was so riddled with viruses I decided to try and reformat his drive... basically, same issue.
My daughters PC is now unable to read discs as well.
This all occured within a matter of 2 weeks, and given that they rarely use their PCs, its hard to say how long they have been having problems.
On top of that.. much like the OP...if I try to reformat the disc.. I get the same problem.. it trys to boot from CD rom, then realizes it cant, then goes ahead and boots from the HD. I have even tried to disable booting from the HD all together, and it simply sits on a black screen indefinitely.
Also.. this is something that i suspect is linked along with this. I will notice if i empty my recyling bin and close the window and look at my recycling bin icon, it will indicate that theres something in it.. I open it back up.. and it is seemingly empty, however, the option to empty recyling bin is available?!? I cant seemingly latch onto a specific file to delete, however if i click the empty recycling bin button, a dialogue box appears asking me "are you sure you want to delete "WINDOWS"?
this all occured right after my wifes WoW account got hacked from what she says was thru ventrillo (i dont know, i dont deal with her box anymore)
So i think there is a little more to this than just ID10T errors.