Legacy Optical Disc Drives Issue
I have 3 ATA internal optical disc drives from the early 2000's. One is a DVD/CD burner which works just fine; and 2 CD only burners; these 2 have some sort of an ongoing problem, and thus this topic. All of this is occurring on the same desktop PC.
My attempt to get these drives working is simply to play commercial music CDs (bought from legitimate retailers); the DVD burner makes a noticeable whirring sound that I have to turn up the volume to mask, and I presume that it's on its way out. AND YES, I know how cheap a replacement optical disk drive is (the only thing cheaper than a replacement is me!!!).
The problematic CD only ones (installed one at a time), show up in Device Manager free and clear of any of the nasty icon symbols; and I checked for updated drivers and there are none. And they consistently appear in Explorer with the same drive letter (as well as in POST during boot up).
However when I click on the drive letter, REGARDLESS of whether or not there is a CD in the tray, I get the pop up window that I've embedded, i. e., as soon as I click on the drive letter, the tray opens up with the popup window, and if I place a CD in the tray and close it, I get a never ending hourglass symbol.
I'm virtually certain that this is NOT a DRM issue (I've tested with commercial CDs from the 80's). I have also included in my testing a homemade CD with mp3 files, and the results are the same.
And it is NOT very likely to be an ATA data cable issue either. I've used the same data cable as I did with the DVD burner (and which I also use [after unplugging it] for 2 ATA HDs OSs which boot just fine.
FYI: it is very unlikely that I put these CD drives into storage if they were defective at the time, and the fact that they show up in Device Manger should be a "go" that they are still serviceable.
So where do I go from here???
Pure guess... Is there any crap on the CD drive's lens?
Why don't you just rip all your CDs to the HDD. My Optical Drive rarely gets used these days, and even then only to play borrowed DVDs.
You can buy lens cleaners, I believe. Not seen one for ages, though.