Okay, When I disconnect power to the Sony (Drive F) and try to play anything
in the Plextor (Drive E) I now get nothing out of the Plextor. Just -
"Please insert a disc into Drive E." Also it will not eject a disc when I
right click and go to Eject.
When I disconnect power to the Plextor, and hook power to the Sony, it now
plays DVDs and CDs (music and data) just fine.
So I surmise that the Plextor drive is bad.
I stick in an old QPS CD drive (that works) in place of the Plextor (in the
Master, "E", position on the ribbon and power cords). Strangely, when I
look in My Computer I now have a "CD Drive (H:)" listed IN ADDITION TO the
Sony (F), which you'd expect because it's still there and hooked up, but
also there is "Plextor DVD (E:)"! Arrgh! There is NO, I repeat NO Plextor
drive hooked to the computer.
When I put an audio CD in the old QPS CD drive now hooked up at the at the
"E" position, it shows up in the "F" position and plays. Right-clicking and
choosing Eject from the "F" listing in My Computer causes the disc to Eject
from the QPS.
When I put a music CD into the Sony, which is still in the "F" position, it
shows up in the "E" position in My Computer. When I tell it to "Play audio
CD using Windows Media Player" WMP launches and gives the error - "Windows
Media Player encountered a problem while playing the file."
I surmise that I've got to get that Plextor info out of the computer's
memory because that's causing these screw-ups. BUT, there is no Plextor DVD
drive listed in Device Manager for me to delete.
I will eventually put a new drive in "E" position to replace the Plextor
(I'll leave the old QPS CD player in place until I get it). But as long as
Windows thinks that the Plextor is still in the "E" position, the Sony won't
work. And I'll still have that problem when I put a new DVD drive in "E"
How do I get rid of any and all remnants that the dead Plextor drive is or
ever was hooked into my system?