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Y510 uses the slot loading DVD, right? It's not software problem... that Matsushita DVD drive on Y510 and Y410 are faulty... they work only for a few months then always have trouble burning. I've seen many complaints on Lenovo support forum... I'm having the same problem with my Y410 too... I had to use USB to install Windows 7.
Try using a good quality DVD cleaner first. The lens for cd/dvd are different so one may work if the other is dirty. If cleaning does not work then the dvd lens may be out of alignment or broke. With today's prices it is cheaper to replace the drive $30-40 than try to repair it. Hope this helps.
try a CD or DVD from a different package to make sure your CDs were not defective, try to use your cd on a fairly new pc, if it is seen as empty your dvd writer is broken and has to be replaced. it's cheap about 20$ You only need to take it out and see if it has a IDE(large) or SATA(smaller) connector to replace it with one that has the same connector.
check the dvd some dvd are not work on certain manufactures, hp doesnt allow rewrite capabiliter on record dvd. does the manufacture dvd -r or +r or -+r, just write too..
cd-r, cd+r or cd-+r,
some cd cd rom clv, cdrom cav,
the speed of the format may be differant from cdrom and dvd
if dvd 5x and you are trying to use 16x they are not compatible.
CD's and DVD's has different speeds try to check your dvd player/rom if it is compatible with your cd/dvd disk. Some dvd players are sensitive it will not play perfectly if your cd's are scratched. try to use new cd's. It might work.