That is a bit odd. Is the drive recognized in BIOS? Try booting (with a CD) off of it. No lights seems very ominous, but check the power lead just to be sure, And if it looks good, power the drive with a completely different lead (as in different strand from the PSU). Better yet, try it in a different computer. If it still doesn't work, then chances are it truly is dead.
Funny side story:
I was (and still am) fixing a neighbor's computer when both optical drives vansihed from windows. Hardware manager reported an error (code 41), and by all appearances they didn't work in windows. But, I could boot off one (didn't try the other), and both were detected in BIOS. So alled Dell. After around an hour and a half of trying everything from clearing the mobo RAM to unplugging the devices, but almost nothing from within windows, the tech determined the drives were broken and dispatched new ones, despite my saying that they were functioning in BIOS, etc. Heh, I thought. Now I can get some free drives. Anyway, today I got them both working with a regestry edit. Granted, they dont see a disc very well unless I reboot windows, but that sounds like a windows problem, not a drive issue. But the new drives are still on their way. I'll wait and see if they want the "broken" ones returned but if not...
Good luck Him