Pioneer DVR-K14 Won't read disks

[qanda]This thread is about the Pioneer DVR-K14. Click here to see full specs[/qanda]I have a DVR-K14 in my Compaq v2000 (at least until I rip it out with my bare hands).

It is so hit or miss when it comes to reading disk, particularly DVD’s. It will read some and not others. I’ve even had it not read DVD’s it just finished burning! And they work on other computers!!

Can someone:

A) help me fix this
B) recommend another drive for my old clunker
C) procure the black market purchase of a SCM (surface-to-computer missle)

Thanks,

Brian

Try to clean the drive/lens first.