Re: dvd writer problem
Could be that the dvd player is nearing the end of it's lifespan. How long have you had it, and/or how much use has it had? Try testing it in another pc, just to check that it definately is the dvd drive itself that's the problem, not anything on your pc (drivers, codec etc.).
Also, if you have another dvd drive spare, put that in the pc that's having problems and see if that recognizes blank dvds. Again just to check that the system is fine.
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