Has anyone recently experienced the DVD Drive in a Vaio S Series laptop (in my case the VGN-S1XP) to stop working? The drive shows up in device manager as working without any conflicts. I have seen a couple of other posts relating to the same issue appear on other forums over the last few days, which leads me to believe this might not be a hardware fault in this case.
It is using a Microsoft signed driver (2001) and no updates are available either through Matshita channels, Sony, or Windows Update.
I have applied the K103 firmware update supplied by Sony, but this was some months before the problem began. This was to fix a dual-layer problem.