Quote Originally Posted by bobkn View Post
That may or may not have anything to do with Intel support for the board.

I've seen a number of posts from people whose optical drives disappeared from Windows. Sometimes the drive will show up in Device Manager in "other devices". I suppose that it'd be too much to expect that removing the device and rebooting would persuade Windows to recognize it correctly, but it may be worth a try.

As for the USB Lexmark printer, I'd unplug it, and remove it from Devices. Plug it back in, and try the "add printer" thing. If that doesn't work, I'd try re-installing the Lexmark driver package, in the hope it'd see the printer again.

If you have done all that unsuccessfully, I'm mostly out of ideas.

All the dg31pr fans, go ahead and upgrade to windows 10. I got my optical drive working. The optical was plugged into the SATA2 connector. That SATA2 port was disabled in BIOS (found out after the fact. dont understand how it ever worked with windows 7). I moved the optical SATA connector to SATA1. Windows picked up the optical immediately.

So this is my motherboard SATA configuration
SATA0- 250 gig HD
SATA1- lite-on optical dvd
SATA3- disabled
SATA4- disabled

As far as the Lexmark printer is concerned. Once the lite-on was working I used the install disk (from 2006, yea 2006) to get a working printer driver installed.

Nothing fancy here on my machine, Stock video, network, 250 gig sata HD, lite on SATA optical drive. I'm not a gamer. I just need a PC for Office, email, web.

So anyway this is what I did. After inheriting the DG31RP from my wifes co-worker, I ordered a 32 bit copy of windows 7 off ebay, installed it.
Then did all the updates. No Windows 10 app, so I downloaded the MediaCreationTool.exe from Microsoft, ran it and chose the selection "update to windows 10".
After an hour or so, and a bunch of reboots it was done, but I had no DVD. I did what I described above to fix the SATA/DVD.

So hold off before throwing away your old intel motherboard.

Good luck all.