DVD Writer fails to burn

I have a DVD writer that used to work just fine but it has developed a problem of failing to burn anything. Whenever i try to burn, it destroys my discs when at the lead in stage and then reports an error. I have tried using different types of Windows OS and even burning software but in vain. With other functions such as reading data and playing discs, it does just ok. I have also tried fixing the drivers but nothing positive. Anyone with an idea to help please. Thanks in advance.
Alex.

Your writer may be malfunctioning, but the only correct way to test this is by installing this writer into a completely different computer. If it also fails on that computer, you can be sure it is not a software problem.