does your friend actually use it for VCD's etc...if so...is he/she using nero?...if so are they using the "overburn" function...if again the answer is yes then they could of well knackered there drive.....need more info on its past use and what software you are running.
If it was working and suddenly stopped working, and the rest of the computer is ok, then the probability is that the cd rewriter has failed. The cd read driver is part of Windows. Is there a second cd-rom drive, if that is working normally, then the Windows driver is ok.
the software being used is nero. Diodorus Siculus The drive is recognised in Device Manager. And the connectors are fully in. Gongoozler It was working fine then suddenly stopped and the second drive is working normally lucco51 He doesn't use it to burn VCDs. Thanks for the replys.