DVD drive detected but not reading most disks.

Okay this is the first time I have built a computer instead of just going out and buying one. It's all put together, everything is (hopefully) connected correctly, and I have successfully installed the operating system (windows vista ultimate 64 bit), and the graphics card drivers. It will not read any other disks (like drivers from the keyboard, motherboard, wireless N receiver, xbox 360 controller receiver, even the old game Starcraft wouldn't read), and even with these ones I did get to work there was a long waiting period before it detected that there was a new disk in the drive. The CD Drive, the mouse and the moniter are the only items I used that originally belonged to my old computer, which is 8 year old technology. Is there any way I can just fix it or do I need to go out and buy a new drive?
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