yes thompsons are a headache.
Just keep putting ejecting and closing the drive itll read it sooner or later.
Even if it takes 30 mins of ejecting and loading it will read it.
My xbox I recently got from a pawn shop came with a thompson drive and its a version 1.0 console.
Kinda nice and not.
I'm gonna make it strictly a media box for streaming videos from the computer and the internet in the end. Probaly make it as small as possible. But hey I'm not here for making a gonna thread, these are all thoughts in my head.
But yeah when I modded my xbox using my spider solderless chip to gain access to install the soft mod installer. It was tough, I had the instability of the dvd-drive, and the instability of getting the spider chip working. Took me 4-6 hours in the end and had to install the softmod manually from reading the install script of the softmod installer.
. But hey it worked.
Never give up, no matter how long it takes and even if it seems you dont have the tools just get it done.