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Your laser lens may be "dirty".
Try using a laser lens cleaning CD in the drive. If you don't have one you SHOULD have one. Most places that sell CDs or DVDs sell them, and even some "dollar" stores have them for a buck or two.
Or, if this is a laptop computer, eject the drive's tray and with no disk on the tray, wipe off the obvious laser lens with a tissue or a soft cloth.
Have you installed Windows from scratch since the last time you were able to burn CDs on this computer ?
If yes, install the main chipset drivers ! See response 6.
Are you seeing these things ?
"....when you have inserted the burnable CD, the icon in My Computer for that optical drive letter should change to a larger icon that looks like a CD and have a small black label on that with white letters on it - e.g CD-R or CD-RW. "
"When you select an optical drive to copy the files and/or folders to, it should have the changed icon that looks like a CD disk if it already has a burnable CD in it (that has no small black label on top of it). "
If this is on a desktop computer....
Have you been fiddling with the connections of drives inside the computer case since the last time you were able to burn CDs on this computer ?
If yes... if the connection of one wire in an IDE data cable is not working properly, that could cause your problem
It is common to un-intentionally damage IDE data cables, especially while removing them - the 80 wire ones are more likely to be damaged. What usually happens is the cable is ripped at either edge and the wires there are either damaged or severed, often right at a connector or under it's cable clamp there, where it's hard to see - if a wire is severed but it's ends are touching, the connection is intermittent, rather than being reliable.
Another common thing is for the data cable to be separated from the connector contacts a bit after you have removed a cable - there should be no gap between the data cable and the connector - if there is press the cable against the connector to eliminate the gap.
80 wire data cables are also easily damaged at either edge if the cable is sharply creased at a fold in the cable.
Try another data cable if in doubt.
80 wire data cables must have the proper end connector connected to the mboard IDE header - usually that's blue, but in any case it's the one farther from the middle connector on a 3 connector data cable.
I doubt that you have a SATA CD or DVD drive, but you can have problems with the cables for that.
Check your SATA data cables. The connector on each end should "latch" into the socket on the drive and on the mboard, or on the drive controller card - it should not move when you merely brush your hand against it near the socket - if it does, mere vibration can cause a poor connection of it - use another SATA data cable that does "latch", or tape the connector in place.
(There is a slight projection or bump on one side of the outside of the connector that "latches" it into the socket - it's easily broken off or damaged)
The same thing applies for the SATA power connection.