This is my current drive, and it has always worked before.
It will not read or recognize any disk that I insert. When there is no disk in the drive, I can right-click its icon and go “eject,” and it will open. (Its light, of course, is on.)
As soon as I put a disk in, it will freeze up completely. At that point, when I right-click the icon, I get no context menu, just the optical drive equivalent of an hourglass cursor. Eventually, the menu comes back, and clicking “open” or “explore” shows me an empty drive.
I have tried different disks; no change.