Philips CDRW/DVD SCB5265

Hello, I am hoping that someone will be able to help me with this issue. I just bought a used laptop for testing purposes (Inspiron 1200). Included with the laptop is a Philips CDRW/DVD SCB5265 Burner, I am able to burn CD-R’s just fine without any problems but I cannot do anything with the CD-RW’s for some reason. I cannot write, erase, etc… Windows just sees it as a blank CD. I figured it was a bad batch of CD’s I had gotten (Sony CD-RW Multi Speed CDRW700L), but I tested on a friends Laptop and the CD’s worked just fine. Could someone please tell me what I am doing wrong or am I missing some kind of software for the hardware to read with. I have been trying to figure this out for 4 days and keep coming to a dead end.

Please help…

Thanks in advance