I've been able to get this thing to work in the past, but I forgot how. I got a new computer and whatever I did to get it working on the old computer I have since forgotten.
I think Nexxtech is the Circuit City store brand and the real mfg is Lite-On.
I'm running windows XP and the good news is that the drive is recognized.. The error I get when I put in a DVD isn't really an error. It just keeps saying 'please insert a disk into drive E:', but of course, I've already done that.
Yes, it is a valid DVD (it works in another player and it is unscratched). Yes, external DVD devices do work on this computer (I have additional external DVD that work just fine)