rather then speculating from what little information was given we should probably get the original poster to find out the exact brand and modeal of the unidentified drive in question.
this will not only tell us whether or not he even has a dvd burner (said he wasn't sure), but it will also tell us that types of discs are compatible.
@Glenn Gould please download nero infotool or nero cd-dvd speed and tell us what type of drive and what version of firmware is in this laptop. Or better yet, ask the person from whom you borrowed the computer what its components are.
while you're art it you should probably identify the discs that you're trying to burn to (the blank media). use nero cd-dvd speed with a blank disc inserted to identify the media code of the blank discs. This can be found on the "disc info" tab. Please post the above information back to this thread so we can help you.
without knowing a little bit about your setup we can't help you.
and for future reference, the trial version of both clonedvd2 and anydvd work EXACTLY as the licensed versions with no crippled or missing features. you simply have a time limit within which to try it out.