Umm okay I am very much confused right now so please bare with me!
Before I could try and reinstall the driver I figured to try putting in a blank disc into the CDR drive on my laptop. The burner I had been using previously was an external Sony CD/DVD burner. The one in my laptop is a CD burner.
Well I put the blank disc in and right away the computer recognized it. I was able to burn a CD using Nero.
Still, the computer does not recognize blank media in my external burner, which is the one I primarily use and is the reason for this thread!
But I figured that maybe this will give someone more information into what is specifically wrong here.... thank you to everyone for their kind support and help!