DVD/CD player burner wont work?

The light on the dvd/cd burner flickers when i put in a disc but it wont read or wont let me burn? Its an Optiarc DVD +RW AD-5560A ATA Device on a dell inspiron 1526 with an AMD turion 64 X2 TL-60 2.00GHz with 2gb memory and a 32bit os. any ideas or help would be appreciated.

Use a proper burning app like Nero.