Welcome to the forums adolfojm.
I think you are confusing device drivers with firmware for you optical drive. The drivers for your optical drives are contained in the XP operating system (unless you are using an Nvidia based chipset motherboard and are using the really crappy Nvidia IDE drivers). The generic drivers in XP are the ones to use for IDE interface drives.
What did you uninstall? Did you uninstall the optical drives? They should show up again after rebooting. It may not solve the problem though. Are these drives IDE interface or SATA? If they are IDE, you can uninstall the IDE controller for the optical drive in Device Manager, reboot and this may solve the problem. Make certain that you are uninstalling the IDE controller for the optical drive...NOT one that controls your hard drive containing your operating system.