Thanks so much to all for the info here. I had been so frustrated with this drive, but now that I know what causes the problem I am very relieved.
The first problem I had with the drive was the "light on, drive won't respond". It happened right after I installed a new GeForce 2 video card. Of course I had disconnected the power supply cord while doing this, but it didn't occur to me that THAT was the problem, I figured it was caused by the video card.
I did some research and found a forum where I read about GeForce cards having trouble with power supply issues, and figured my old 250 watt PS might not be cutting it. So I figured it was time for a new case anyway and bought one with a 350 Watt PS. Installed everything and voila! my CD drive was working fine.
Today I opened the new case to install a network card. Again I disconnected the power cord. Uh oh! Now I have the "drawer ejecting constantly" problem. Since this again happened after installing new NIC, I take the NIC out - doesn't help. I think - well, both times I had trouble I turned the case on its side, maybe something slipped around inside the drive. I turn my computer on its other side. I bang on it a few times. I turn it upside down
. Needless to say none of THAT worked.
Finally I found this forum and my troubles are over. However, I will add this: I disconnected only the IDE cable and not the power to the CD drive first. When I reboot, the drive is still opening/closing. Then I disconnected the IDE cable AND the power to the drive. I boot to windows, then turn off and reboot. NOW I have the "light on, drive won't respond" issue again.
I repeat the disconnect IDE & power procedure once more and just for good measure use a different power cable when reconnecting. NOW I finally have a working drive again.
I can deal with the little quirks of hardware as long as I know what the problem is. So to make a long story longer, I just wanted to say a BIG thank you once again.
Edited by - tinam on 01/12/2002 05:57:40