I can't burn a blank cd/dvd. The system does not recognize any cd/dvd drive. When I insert a cd/dvd with data, there is no problem. The system automounts the drive.
I assume that you are using Brasero. It seems to be a regression since this error was reported before (9.10, if I remember well).
My opinion is to use K3b:
Well, from just reading through the comments, and past experiences, I have come across this problem many times, and it turned out to be that the drive is defective. You can try removing the drive ( see IBM website for disassembly information) dust the connector, and plug it back in. Good luck .