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Dvd burner I have an Dell Inspiron 1100 laptop with a built in phillips SDVD+rw burner. I can't get it to burn a dvd. It did work but when they came out with the new speed dvd+rw's it stopped working. Do I need an upgrade and where do I get it? Also what brand dvd's are compatible? Thanks

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Re: dvd burner

Check Dells website and see if there is a new driver avaible or newer firmware, all brands of media should be compatible, and you shouldnt have to upgrade.

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