Originally Posted by gael33
I bought this computer from PC World and they fitted the DVD-RW as an extra. In my defence (lol) I had nothing to do with fitting or setting up the computer. At the time it came with Microsoft WindowsXP on it and of course it was all working fine. It was only later that I went on a voyage of discovery with Linux Ubuntu (and one or two others) that I started to have problems.
I will read through the links you kindly sent and take it from there
I managed to solve this problem after I had recovered from a bad bout of Swine Flu ... anti virus and anti biotic tablets eventually got me back on my feet. Anyway, it appears that PC World put the jumper on the wrong setting ... slave, I changed it to master and now it's working perfectly.
Sorry I took so long to respond ... I just didn't have the strength.