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Disc drive ejects blank discs...plays dvds

I can't burn anything. When I insert the blank disc and I have tried several different kinds...it ejects the disc and states that it is waiting for a disc to be inserted. It will not recognize the disc inserted. I have tried a variety of programs for burning and the same thing happens. It will play a dvd. I don't have a program disc to try. I can hear the drive spinning the disc before ejecting it. I have a similar issue but I have an Acer 5630 and windows Vista os. It worked fine a couple of days ago. If I put a blank disc in the tray, it immediately ejects it and says to insert disc. If I put a disc with data it seems (from the noise) that it is starting to work but then ejects it with the same message. Also I recently had downloaded an update to Vista before this stopped working, could that be an issue?
The computer device manager says it is working. But alas it is not.
Can you help me?

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