> tried a number of the solutions
Ok... just what did you try?
Did you go to the hardware manager in control panel to see if Windows shows your drive in the hardware list?
In the hardware manager, if the drive is listed, did you REMOVE the drive and restart, so Windows would be forced to initialize the drive?
Every now and then PRE 'loses' my DVD Drive, I think because I also use Nero. In general I don't mind that much because I always burn to folder. Reinstalling PRE usually restores the visibility of the drive.
Insanity is hereditary, you get it from your children