DVD Dead?

Hi, I have a client with an XP Home Edition SP2 PC (faily new - 3 months old) which is acting up. The DVD RW drive although appearing fine in Device Manage, and also within My Computer as D: drive - no longer reads any CD/DVDs at all. Okay, this sounds easy - so I swapped the drive out for a brand new one, solved I thought. But no, same problem - no access to the CD contents at all. So, I grabbed a boot CD, went into BIOS (yes the drive shows good there) and tried to boot off the boot CD. IT WORKED! Boot off the drive nicely. Hmmm, so the motherboard / IDE port communication is good. Back into Windows again I went very hopeful - but nothing. So I removed the device from Device Manager, rebooted, and waited for a redected - it did - cool! The D: drive letter appeared, so I tried a commercial audio CD to play - nothing. Tried to explore contents of a program CD - nothing. Tried Safe Mode removal and redetect - same problem. Arrgghhh. The system has email, word processing, AVG antivirus on a dialup connection. VERY basic setup. All goes goes great - BUT no CD/DVD access.  Any clues? Help? Pointers? Many Thanks!      
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Verify that drive is using DMA mode rather than PIO mode.  Drives can revert to PIO mode due to repeated read errors.  How to check:

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Oh, by the way, drive is OK -- it's an XP problem.  If you can boot from it, drive is working properly.
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jesus7Author Commented:
Thanks guys, I will be visitng my client next week, so will go armed with MS Articles to try some solutions offered. Yes, the drive is fine. It's XP <sigh ...> ... Cheers, Paul

jesus7Author Commented:
Well, the client wants an external DVD now so the problem has been solved / umm avoided should I say. Thanks all for your help, but I was not even able to attempt a resolution <sigh ...>  
jesus7Author Commented:
Hi Rindi,
Thats fine, please go ahead and close the question off, as the problem kind of resolved itself. I am not sure if that means the points are refunded or not as I was not able to implement any of the suggestions given. So, over to you - am happy to make it as fair as possible. I think EE is great!
Thanks, Paul


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jesus7Author Commented:
Since the two experts both helped, (regardless of my inability to implement their suggestions) I felt a split between them fair as they both conrtributed well. Cheers,

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