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Eject the DVD tray and clean the laser lens with a piece of cotton.
Enter to Setup Bios (Restart the PC and press " F2" key to entert BIOS setup and see if the DVD drive is show in device
In windows..go to control panel
devide manager and look if They are a yelolow mark bnear the DVD drive
Click and UNINSTALL
Restart the PC.
If don´t work , may be the DVD drive is faiulre
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goto run and type "compmgmt.msc"(without quotes) and select disc management if the dvd drive is showing below the hard disks means your dvd drive is working fine only thing you have to do is to right click on the CD-Rom 0 and change drive letter and paths to it .if the CD ROM option is not seen in disk management then you have to go to the device manager option under computer management and expand cd/dvd -rom drives and you will find your dvd drive model if not that means that your dvd drive has got hardware problem
How old is the notebook? There is 3 possibilities to get it fixed:
1. It might be the CD you're trying. Did you try another CD? or DVD to see if it does the same? -If yes you might have the read/write head dirty and all you have to do is buy a lens cleaner follow the instructions and clean the drive. This is worth a try. - If you are referring to CD's that you are BURNING with the same drive and the drive would not read it. Then most probably you did not get a brand of CD's / DVD's which are suitable for your drive. Check your drive's laptops manual to see the reccomended media.
2. Upon doing this check if you installed any software which might affect the drive. Such programs include. ASPI dirvers Daemon Tools copiers such as Nero and Alcohol 120% or others such as Clone CD. If so uninstall the offending program and reboot to see what happens. Sometimes even games might cause the problem.
3. Is the PC / Laptop old? As i did not have any details. And if it made any "funny noises" most probably its a hardware problem and it compromises reliability so if you tried all the above. You best bet is to check for a replacement drive. They do not cost much.