|Not even an audio cd? As for free dvd and cd burning software try cdburnerxp found here: http://cdburnerxp.se/en/home|
As for playing commercial dvd like movies a good media player is vlc. It will even play some formats that windows media player won't without you having to update your player's codecs. Google vlc for yourself.
Is this a ide drive or a sata one? If ide device and shares an ide channel with another device the dvd drive has to have its jumpers set to slave.
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