Recently my CD-ROM icon was not showing up (in "My Computer"). It happened intermittently at first. Then my CD-RW icon stopped showing up. I could not use either drive. I confirmed that the hardware was working by booting using a CD.
After speaking with Dell tech support, I decided to reformat the hard drive and reinstall Windows. Everything worked good for about 24 hours, and then... doh! The CD-ROM icon disappeared!
I don't know what could be causing this (it never happened before...). Are there any ideas for how to fix/prevent this problem?
Here is my machine specs:
Dell Dimension 2400
2.4 Ghz Pentium 4
512 MB RAM
Windows XP Home Edition SP2