Hello and thanks for the reply(s) :),
reply from mciahel --> What kind of software are you using? For writing data onto DVD media you need 3rd party software, since XP’s built-in burning engine does support CD only
I should have realized this before that this was the same trouble this pc had last time I tryed to burn dvds. I ended up tracking down a software that I had called Power2go and it seems to have solved the problem. The program does recognizes the disk as dvd-rw and currently am backing up my computer. Thanks for the help and if I run into some problems again I may try what eric93se had mentioned. -->
Get a copy of the firmware for your drive and see if MCSE (media code speed edit) will open the firmware. This piece of software (created by the all mighty ala42 ) allows you to swap the writing strategy from the current one to a more common one that your drive can use. You can swap it to something like MCC01.
I am rather cheap and would like try to salvage what I can with this pc than spend money on adding or upgrading new hardware Again thanks for the help.