[QUOTE=frank23;2065943]Thank you for your reply. I was hoping that wasn’t going to be the first response. My only concern is if I was to end up buying an external and the same problem occurs then I would be back to square one. It plays dvd’s fine but doesn’t recognize some cd’s/ dvd-r or dvd-rw. Doesn’t sound like a settings or technical problem??[/QUOTE]
What is the brand of those “problematic” DVD-R/RWs? Maybe they are a low quality or damaged ones. However I have a bad experience with Matsushita’s slim drive and I think that the drive is your problem.
With new external (or internal, I don’t think it would be too complicated to mount it into your notebook) drive you should not have any problems with reading of DVDs.
BTW Toshiba is trying to rip you off, you can buy even internal model for much lower price than 300$ and you could mount it by yourself in a few minutes.