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?
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.