can't write to DVD, but it plays movies fine!
My Dell Inspiron 2200 laptop has a
Philips CDRW/DVD CDD5263 drive.
I can play movies on it. ( I just tested that I can do that ) but when I insert a Memorex 2x DVD-RW disc, I cannot write my backup zip data files to it. The drive starts making periodic sounds as soon as I insert it a blank DVD disc, as if it was formatting, or something like that. [I tried 2 different blank discs]
And the writing software gets hung (hourglass), as it tries to access the drive, and the whole system gets hung.
I haven't done any writing with this drive on DVD's in months, but last week a friend was using it a lot for writing CD's and worked just fine.
What could I try to debug this problemo?