I have a laptop where the DVD/CD drive is intermittently falling over. I believe it to be far too expensive to replace it and am looking at a low cost external drive to replace it. Not necessarily rewritable, but would be acceptable. Two questions 1)Any recommendations to model? 2) Where do the external drives get their power supply from, via the USB connection or a separate mains supply?
Have you tried to clean the laser lens inside your laptop's DVD/CD drive (you don't say exactly what the fault is, apart from it "falling over")?
1) I can't recommend any models of external DVD/CD drives 2) DVD/CD drives require more power then most other external devices and is best powered by a separate mains supply rather then via the laptop's USB connections.
My desktop's DVD was not seen unless I inserted a DVD or CD in and re-booted. Other newer issues meant I have just upgraded the PSU (Power Supply Unit) and now it's shown and works as it should.
Could you have stressed your laptop's power supply (e.g. pulled too much power from your USB ports by connecting too many power-hungry devices? Does it show if you do not have any other devices connected?
Click on + next to Ide /ata/atapi controllers (Your CD/ DVD are usually on secondary controller can be seen as PC boots, on first screen says something like Primary master hard drive Secondary master DVD secondary slave DVD etc.)
right click on IDE channel your DVD is on (secondary) select uninstall from the menu.
You can then either reboot to let xp find and reinstall the hardware(best way) or click Action -scan for new hardware devices and let XP reinstall the hardware.