|This is not the first post about this kind of topic and probably not the last. I read most of the other threads but didn't get much further.|
On my laptop I had Vista installed and suddenly my DVD drive was no longer recognized in the Explorer. A DVD/CD will load fine in the tray and you can hear the disk being rotated, but then it stops and nothing happens. The tray opens and closes fine.
I remembered having uninstalled Nero after it stopped working for some reason so I figured this could be the reason. I tried some suggestions I found in other threads concerning problems with Nero. To no avail.
I resorted to format C and get rid of Vista (32Bit) (finally). Win 7 (64Bit) is now installed but there is no difference, the drive is still not recognized. I had to install Win 7 from a USB as the DVD drive can not be used for booting.
I use the DVD writer quite often as I need to back up a lot and create DVD's. The drive has also Lightscribe.
I am not aware that there are specific drivers from HP for the drive, other than a program for the Lightscribe function. But drivers or not, Windows should at least recognize the drive. It is also not in the Device Manager.
Anybody who has any idea in what direction to look, many thanks if you could answer in this thread.