CDRW/DVD Combo drive
I've had this problem for years now, the drive is what came inside my dell Inspiron 1150 Laptop computer around the year 2003.
After a year or so the CD Drive stopped reading all types of CD's, but still ran DVDs perfectly. I have no idea on the status of CD writing however.
Eventually I got tired of this and couldn't find a fix. So I assumed the laser was broken and I bought a duplicate drive.
So I throw the new drive in and it works perfectly for about a day. Now its been another 2 years and I still can't run CDs, installing games has become quite a chore coupled with low hard drive capacity.
There must be some kind of firmware or driver or SOMETHING out there I can update this soon-to-be brick with. I've been looking into this for many years now and I've seen a lot of people with the exact same problem. But never any solutions, just dead ends. Finally one google search brought me here, to another dead end. But I'll give it a shot asking this community.