There are several reasons for which a drive could stop reading CDs. Make
sure you didn't change any software which could break the CD-ROM drivers
(installed / uninstalled burning software, virtual CD drives, etc.).
Other than that, hardware may be damaged in one of many ways. A common
death to a burner is a worn out laser which results in exacly what
you're experiencing: The drive won't do anything with the media you
insert, CD-RW media first, then all types. I suppose your warranty has
expired, so this would mean you must buy a new one :( Another reason may
be a bad power calibration which could by chance be fixed by a firmware
update. Check your manufacturers site for information on firmware
updates if you didn't already.
If your drive doesn't spin the media at all (remember how you insert the
CD, eject and check two or three times) even more is broken or the drive
doesn't have power connected ;)
Whatever, I have no idea of how to repair hardware. If there's anyone to
help, it's probably your manufacturer.
> I have a Yamaha CRW2216E it is not reading any of my cds. The cds i
> put in definately have enough recordable space on them, even if i try
> other cds that are not CDR cds, such as ones for internet free trial
> cds etc that start automatically normally.
> Please help!