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Dvd writer only plays certain dvds and cds and freezes my computer

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Depending on the age of the writer, this is typical. Older writers do not always work well with the newer formats. You may even find that it works with only certain brands. The other thing to check is the formats compatible with your writer.

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please post
the error that you get
the brand and model of the computer you're using
the type of media you're using

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