Couple of things to check:
1. Make sure the IDE cable is connected correctly and facing the right way both on the motherboard and on the back of the Drive. Remember on the drive it might not have a guide, but the rule is the stripe faces the power supply connection. On the mother board it normally has a guide that the IDE cable has to fit into.
2. Make sure the jumper settings are set correctly based on the location on the IDE cable the end of the cable requires it to be master most of the time if single drive. If it is running with another drive it has to be set as master or slave if it is on the same cable. Normally best is to set it as cable select. Main thing is it must match the arrangement of your drives.
3. Make sure the ends of the cable on the dvd and the mother board are pushed in all the way, and same for the power.
Hope this helps.
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Most DVD drives are also CD drives, and it sounds like the DVD part is broken, you need to replace the DVD drive, this is done simply by buying a new one, I recommend Newegg.com ( if your unsure search exactly what you already have) then opening your case (tower) and just unplugging old one and plugging new one in, it really is very doable for even a novice.
Reboot the computer and go into the BIOS, see if its recognized in there, if its not recognized then you'll need to turn the computer off and unseat and reseat the cable and the power connector to the dvd drive. Then turn on the computer again and go into the BIOS, if the dvd drive is still not recognzied then you'll need to replace the drive.
If the dvd drive is recognized in the BIOS and not in windows then you'll need to go into the system restore in windows and choose a date the last time the computer was working, it will restore your computer back to this date and reboot. At that point it should recognize your dvd drive. If it doesn't then your OS is corrupt and you'll need to wipe out the drive and restore your computer back to factory defaults.
You need to install the DVD decoder that came with the drive such as PowerDVD or WinDVD. If you dont have the disks or setup files for those, you can download a free Windows DVD player program such as VLC Media Player that will work. http://www.videolan.org/vlc/