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-DVD Drive won't read or burn blank -DVD media

\015 I have a Gateway M675 Notebook:\015\012\015\012My problem is with the HL DT ST DVD-RW GWA4040N Optical drive. This drive does everything its supposed to do except read blank -DVD media. I've already tried about 5 differing types of name brands 4 of which previously worked with no problems. Before I find myself needing to flash the drive or the BIOS unnecessarily with new firmware, which to me looks very risky anyway, I'd like to weigh any other options. A system restore is out of the question since this problem is approx. a year and a half old. I thought of replacing the drive but the forums I've been reading haven't offered any conclusive answers. I've already uninstalled and reinstalled the drive and the IDE channel/controllers to no avail. Apparently there isn't any support available for this from LG/HLDS or the manufacturer since the whole Gateway/MPC debacle.\015\012\015\012-------------------------------------------------\015\012\015\012Processor\015\012Intel Pentium 4, 3000 MHz\015\012800MHz external bus\015\012 \015\012 BIOS\015\012Gateway 39.02.01 02/20/2004\015\012 \015\012 Memory \015\0121024MB physical\015\012\015\012 Drives \015\012C:\\ (NTFS) 76316MB total, 5429MB free\015\012D:\\ CD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD Drive\015\012E:\\ (NTFS) 76316MB total, 5408MB free\015\012F:\\ CD-ROM/CD-RW or DVD Drive\015\012\015\012 \015\012 Operating System \015\012Windows XP SP3\015

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