Fine. If you installed a driver it could break the function. Other apps like CD/DVD emulators can break this too.
USB DVDRW drives are around 20 bucks now. But do try removing the drive in device manager and reboot to see if that clears it up.
And tell me about this driver. Where did you get it from?
Note: Edited for typo.
I bought a brand new Lenovo desktop a couple months ago from Best Buy, and it has worked great until I tried to use the DVD drive to play a movie. I've actually never used the DVD drive on this computer before - this was the first time I used it. I've tried this with all sorts of discs now, and it doesn't recognize any of them. I have the current driver installed, the computer recognizes the device and can open/close the tray, and the device status is "working properly." I've uninstalled and reinstalled the driver several times, I've updated windows, I've run anti virus, I've run the Microsoft FixIt, nothing works. I can't take the computer somewhere to get it fixed because they all have a multi-day turnaround. My wife's job depends on having this computer at the house for most of the day, every day, I can't take it somewhere and I can't afford a replacement.
The DVD drive is: HL-DT-ST DVD-RAM GHC0N
My Windows: Windows 8.1 (64-bit)
Computer: Lenovo w/ Intel i3-4160 @ 3.60 GHz, 8GB RAM