Long time reader (mainly when I've broke it), first time poster (mainly 'cause this time I can't fix it).
I'm sorry to bring you a problem you've probably seen before, but I've searched for the last 3 hours, tried it all, and had no luck.
I'm running Ubuntu 10.04 on a Toshiba Satellite Laptop, and have been doing so with generally great success for the last year.
Now, after 12 months of Ubuntu, I decided to get adventurous, and test out Kubuntu, and possibly flash up Puppy Linux as well (just out of curiosity, I hear that is only dangerous to cats). This may or not be relevant, I don't know.
Today my DVD drive refuses to mount. More than that, the laptop won't even believe it is there. I've flipped over to Vista (Which I dual boot, but haven't needed to for the last 6 months) to prove it isn't a hardware issue, and indeed, it recognises the blank disc I currently have in there.
When I put in a CD the drive spins gently for a little while, then decides it can't be bothered, and stops. I've tried going to "Places" to see if the CD drive is on there - it was earlier, and I tried mounting it, but it wouldn't let me. Now it isn't even there.
I spotted this thread dated a week or so ago (http://ubuntuforums.org/showthread.php?t=1549545&page=2), and tried it all. When I got to the Wodim stage it recognises my USB modem (I'm on one of those stupid broadband dongle things), but not my DVD drive. It seems to me that when I plug the USB in, the DVD drive stops working. Does that make any sense to you?
Thanks guys in advance. I'll buy the guy/girl who fixes this a beer (but only if you're in London!)