it is most likely the sata controller's driver that needs to be re-installed/updated, at least that is what I would try first
I doubt that is the problem. The SATA controller is working just fine. If it wasn't my hard drive would not work. The DVD-RW drive is plugged into the same controller.
Does it show up in device manager at all as a non functioning device, or problem device?
Neither. The DVD-RW drive does not show up at all even after a scan for new hardware. Funny thing is that the drive works fine under Linux so this has to be a Windows XP issue.
If it was,you could maybe update from internet, might find what it needs. If not, I could send you xppro, but you will have seven and eight soon. Just offering suggestions anyway, luck .I don't know if doing an upgrade with your xp would help, but I thought you said you had a sata dvd before, maybe it was just the harddrive.
I was hoping the DVD-RW drive would work for a game that I want to play that only works under XP. Thanks anyhow.