Hello attak skewence and welcome to Bleeping Computer.
You did not mention your current operating system, this makes it a bit tough to offer decent advice to you.
I am providing you with a link to Microsoft's FixIt web site, this link may not work for you if your OS is Vista or Windows 7 or 8, but often works with Windows XP OS versions.
Fix problems with CD or DVD drives that canít read or write media
If that page loads a screen mentioning this fix does not work with your version, you have an OS higher than XP.
This link below will be more useful for Windows Vista and windows 7.
Your CD drive or DVD drive is missing or is not recognized by Windows or other programs.
Again, you can have MS's FixIt fix the problem automatically, or you can follow the instructions given to you on the same page.
If these fail to resolve the problem, your drive may need to be removed and reinserted so that the contacts can re-mate again. This might fix a problem with a faulty electrical connection on the drive.
Further failure would indicate a failed controller chip and the drive will need to be replaced. This task can be performed by any laptop owner, the drive can be purchased and installed by you, it's really not that hard to do with proper instructions.
Please keep us updated.