My CDROM has been working for several months. It has no problem reading Thief, my favorable game. But gradually, it develops into a pattern that when I insert a CDROM, Thief or otherwise, into it, it doesn't spin up. OK I can't determine whether it is spinning. What I can see is its LED turns on for several seconds, and then off. The behaviour is identical to the case when the CDROM drive is empty. If it reads a disk, LED would turn on briefly (two seconds I think), turn off some .3 seconds, and then turn on again with a noise I associated with spinning.
When such a case appears, I keep removing and reinserting the CDROM and sometimes it succeeded in reading it. Seems it doesn't matter which disk I insert, because disks that it can read this morning, it may refuse this afternoon.
Weeks ago, if I insisted, it usually ends up spinning the drive and read it. This week, I haven't ever succeeded in making it read a single CDROM.
I applied a CDROM cleaner last month, although I do not see any measurable improvement. Today, even the cleaner disk won't spin.
Actually, it already happened before with my older 12x (Teac I think) CDROM. I blamed it and bought a 36x ASUS CDROM. Now the same develops again.
I tried to assign the CDROM drive to its own IDE channel, and switch back to be the slave of the primary channel. No difference observed.
Any ideas please?