Remove the optical drive and test it in a desktop, or use a USB->SATA/IDE adapter to test the drive when connected by other means. If the drive works fine, then try uninstalling stuff under IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers in device manager then restart.
It is a laptop so you probably won't be able ti test it. Look under device manager and see if it shows up, if no just choose scan for hardware changes. Also do you have a disk in the drive? Try opening the drive with a paper clip and putting in a disc
If you've had the machine stored for a bit, it could be that the drive is not quite plugged into the slot due to you moving it around -- OR, since it's been stored the battery is not charged up enough. Power the machine completely down, remove the drive and reinsert it. Power back up. Is the battery charged up enough to support all the devices? Plug it in and get it charged up.
this seems to be a problem with acer 5xxx series laptops. One site recommended removing the driver and rebooting and reinstall it, that didnt work. I tried to find updates for it, didnt work. another site says to ermove the drive out of the casing, and putting a sticker over the metal piece at teh end, since it touches the metal frame and shorts it, but I dont see a screw holding the dvd drive in, I see a few around it. im a bit hesitant to take the case apart. I dont use the dvd drive that much, not enough to risk taking it apart and messing something up. : )
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