first, check if the cables are connected properly.
second, go in bios and see if the second ide is enabled
thrid, install the chipset driver for your chipset
four, go to device manager and see if the second ide channel is disabled
five, install sata drivers if the dvd rom is sata(if the pc was modded)
well, go to device manage and see if theres a yellow exclaimation mark beside ur cd driver and maybe error message "Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing. (Code 39)"
try to burn a cd, if it doesnt work, then probably your cd drive is having some trouble
Thanks for your help. The drive is dead. I removed it and connected up a drive from my machine, which works perfectly.
The only problem i have now is where do you get hold of that model of drive, so that the front covers will fit. Any recommendations please.