My laptop (HP NX9005, bought in 2003) will no longer read cds or DVDs in Windows XP or Ubuntu.
In Windows, the drive is displayed in My Computer, but when I click on the icon it displays an empty disc.
In Ubuntu, the drive is displayed in Computer, but when I click on the icon it gives me the error
Unable to mount location
No media in the drive
While the computer is on, in both operating systems, the status light on the drive continually blinks.
I have also tried setting the bios to boot from the CDRW/DVD drive by default, but goes straight to GRUB on the hard disk.
I have checked that the CDs and DVDs that I am testing the drive with work on another computer.
Are there any suggestions for trouble shooting the problem, before I accept that the drive is dead?