I have an Advent laptop PC which is roughly 2 years old and the CD-ROM suddenly doesn't work anymore - it doesn't recognise ANY type of CD (mp3,DVD,boot disks etc). I have explored the 'Properties' of D-Drive in 'My Computer' and everything is apparantly working fine (drivers are up-to-date, I have re-installed CD-ROM driver, have the latest Windows Updates etc). When I insert a CD into the drive the light just flashes twice and nothing happens - the CD doesn't even spin.
I am considering buying an external CD-ROM/burning device: Where is the cheapest place to buy one and (silly question) does it link to my laptop via a USB cable?
Aren't actually that difficult to open up if you're out of warranty (unfortunately, there's only usually a 1 year warranty) - considerably easier than Acer or Sony
You could try opening the case, having backed up all your data first, and seeing if you can get the CD drive to come out. Often they are modular too, so as to make changing the drive easy. You can then replace the broken CD drive for a new one. Externals are quite a hassle on laptops.