I don't know very much about computers other than how to navigate through internet browsers and common programs, and recently my disc drive stopped reading any discs. Can't burn, can't load games, can't rip CD's... Is there anything I can do to try and fix it without opening up my computer or sending it out to be fixed? Any help would be great. Thank you.
i had the same problem. The laser had burnt out. You will have to get a new one.
Open up the side of your computer.

get a small dry ear cleaner thing.

Reach into the small gap behind the CD tray.

Gently, REALLY gently begin to very slowly go round the laser and the CD tray, picking up dust as you go.

You will need about 3 of the things.

If this doesn't work, you've burnt it out somehow. Good luck!