Posted 22 June 2009 - 11:43 PM
It sounds like the CD drive has failed.
If it appears to work when a disk is put in it but does not start the disk more then likely the read head has failed.
If it doesn't show in My Computer I would check the cable connections at the drive & mtherboard.
Usually a bad drive that is getting power will show in My Computer if the cable is good.
I've been repairing computers for years & have only replaced a couple of cables that simply quit working but it does happen.
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