Any kind soul able to shed some light?!

Hi, i have a laptop running Windows XP. When i try to press eject to open the disc drive nothing happens, the light on the drive blinks a few times but it does not open. I have tried right clicking on the drive in My Computer and selecting eject that way… still nothing happens. I have tried disabling the device and then re-enabling it… that doesnt work either. The problem also occurs when booting up the computer before Windows has a chance to start. The disc drive i have is a MATSHITA UJ-831Da.
Any help would be much appreciated.
Thank you in advance.

BopBop

Sounds like a dead drive.
You could check the internal cables…

Does it have an emergency eject hole?