Hi everyone. I have been having a problem with my CD drive. I have a Buffalo DVSM-H55N (JP) series drive I purchased from a store out in tokyo. Everything was fine after I installed it. As time went on, somewhere along the line my drive stopped functioning properly. I was pretty much just ignoring it until recently, I've been wanting to try Ubuntu but I couldn't burn a copy because my drive wasn't working. The drive is listed in My Computer. Device Manager says it's working properly. Microsoft's auto "Fix it" tool is telling me there is no readable media in my drive. When I put in any type of disc, it doesn't respond or do anything, and the status in My Computer still reads "DVD-RAM Drive D:". Upon opening and clicking refresh nothing happens. First thing I did was try to update the firmware of my drive but my firmware is the most recent, so I couldn't. So I started uninstalling some things. I had a copy of Magic ISO on my pc I uninstalled, and then found a program called Magic Disc that wouldn't let me uninstall it. So I went into Device Manager and uninstalled the driver for the Magic ISO virtual drive my pc was detecting. reboot: no progress. the Magic ISO virtual drive is still there. I deleted the driver once more and powered down the PC and opened up the case. I did a 5 min dust job and checked the IDE cable connected to my drive. Looked to be plugged in fine, I unplugged it from the drive and plugged it back in. Gave a good push on the connection into the mainboard to make sure the connection was snug. powered up my pc: walah, it was working! I burned a copy of Kubuntu onto a blank disc and rebooted onto my secondary HD. nothing.... I figured I messed something up. booted up my main HD to burn the Alternate CD for Kubuntu just to find out that my disc drive wasn't working again. Now I figured it was a cable issue. I powered down and tried fooling with the cable again. didn't work. I downloaded a program to force uninstall the magic disc program, successful (virtual drive disappeared) but no effect regarding my drive. By this point I thought it might be a BIOS setting, so I checked. I didn't see anything out of the norm except the boot priority, I changed it so the drive boots before my HD. no effect I thought maybe it was a registry issue so I deleted the Upperfilter (ehow.com). No effect, except it crashed windows explorer once, immediately after I rebooted. I'm lost. It's probably something so simple and I have no clue. Can someone please lend some helpful advice?