Is my CD/RW dead?



I was just wondering if anyone had a similar experience, and hopefully a solution to this problem. My G.F. was playing her game using an older LG Electronics CD/RW, and suddenly it quit working. She did mention that from time to time is got slow reading disks. The drive shows up in Windows Explorer, but when I put a disk in it, the drive runs after I close the tray, then stops, like it would normally do, but I get a message on the screen to put a disk in the drive. So obviously, the CD/RW has a problem with knowing that there is a disk in the tray.

Is there something that needs to be cleaned, or is the CD/RW drive toast?

Any suggestions?