It sounds like a problem with your ASPI driver to me. You need that to use the CD-RW, any drive in SoftMac, etc.. Try an update. Perhaps it got uninstalled or "rolled back". You could always roll your drivers back to a known good state.
I actually forget where I got it. If I'm not mistaken, the ASPI driver that functions with your drives will be included in the software bundle. For instance, I know that Nero updates the ASPI driver when installed. Adaptec is the company that puts out the driver, I believe, but I'm pretty sure that you are unable to install it unless you've got an adaptec SCSI card, but I could be wrong. Me thinks there's a way around that or another way to get the driver, but I'm not sure. I know I had to do that to get SoftMac to recognise my CD drive (either standard CD-ROM or RW. Neither worked).
I really can't tell you. It may not even be the ASPI driver, but it sounds like it might be. If anyone else has an idea, let's hear it. I'm pretty sure you can download the ASPI driver from adaptec's site. If you can't install it, there are places that can fix that for you via a patch or something like that. Do a Google search or something.
Great. I'm glad that you got it all working well again. Sometimes it's just a simple fix and you kick yourself for not figuring it out sooner. My home network was breaking all the time, but only one computer was affected. I thought it was the computer, so I ended up re-installing Windows like 4 times. As it turns out my network gear had been leaked on by some rotten pumpkin or something (which is really gross and won't come off). It ruined one of the ports, the one that the computer that didn't work was plugged in to. Boy did I feel stupid. I could have saved myself a whole lot of trouble had I just thought outside the box (literally).
hmm u fixed it i have had the same problem with my dvd drive it will disapear when i tried to install windows once with it it could not be detected after the first part of the install was done... so i had to redo it with my burner
then another time after soldiers of fortune started it said cd was not in drive when i went to check my dvd drive had disapeared on rebooting it was back but every time sof would cause it to disapear
u turned on "reset config data" do u mean u reset to defaults? or is this another option im unaware of...