Better yet was it working at a previous point in time, when you put a cd in the drive does it spin up and/or do the "lights" flash and/or was anyone poking around inside it... if not its a power, connector or dead drive issue, and are you running WinXP.
If the answers are yes it was working, yes it spins up and/or lights up, no noone was poking at the guts and yes I have XP read on ... otherwise skip the rest of this post
If you get the
"Welcome to System Restore" screen with 3 check boxes on the right hand side your set and read on, otherwise disregard this post.
BACKUP YOUR IMPORTENT FILES
Check the create a restore point and name it "before Restore" that keeps a record of your pc exactly as it is at this very second. Hit the create button and then the close button.
Now open system restore again and check the "Restore my computer to an earlier time" button and hit next.
Now think back to a date when everything worked like it was supposed to, you are presented with a calander, pick the date when it all worked and tell it to restore, and voila.
--== WARNING ==--
Anything you installed between then and now will be gone, also files and data you created between then and now may disappear, also system changes like installing printers or drivers or uninstalling CD drives or drivers will also be undone.
You have been warned