Try going to Start-Programs-Accesories-System Tools-System Information-Tools- Direct X Diagnostic Tool and try looking for your CD Drive and check on it's Status to find out how your computer recognizes thats its running. If its good your problem might be in the lens of the driver(most likely if its old). Goodluck!
I have a compaq SR2150NX using Vista. I've been trying for about a year to search for a "fix" for my CD/DVD Rom. I've even tried to use an external DVD/CD drive connected via USB to see if that would work. I have uninstalled and reinstalled drivers, but can't seem to get my issue resolved. I can see both the external and internal drives in "My Computer" but when I put a disc in I can hear it spin but the computer and the drives do not communicate.
My assumption at this point is that there is a major issue with the computer. Can anyone confirm this for me or advise if they know of a fix? I appreciate the assistance!