I've recently got a Toshiba Satellite 2540CDS laptop from a friend, with a 333Mhz processor and memory upgraded to 96mb, and after throwing an old XP SP1 install on and removing some of the extraneous components it's a good little laptop for what I need it for (OpenOffice, Tut's Tomb and Duke Nukem 3D, haha).
However, one thing bothers me. No matter how hard I try, I simply cannot get it to properly read disks that have been burnt (eg: CD-Rs, CD-RWs). The files show up, yes, but when I try to do anything with them it eventually cracks a hissy fit and decides not to work anymore (eg: freezing the OS). I don't feel like constantly installing stuff or using files over a USB 1.1 port, so I'd like to see if there's any way to resolve this issue. The operating system is Windows XP Professional with Service Pack 1a (I don't use internet on it so I hardly need anything newer), though I've used Windows 98 SE, MS-DOS 7.10 and Ubuntu 5.10 on it before with similar results.
Strangely enough, the MS-DOS 7.10 CD was burnt itself, and yet works fine. This is why I'm suspecting that it might be some sort of resolvable issue as opposed to a hardware fault; perhaps some sort of error in the way the disc burning works, or some sort of other issue.
It's a pretty old laptop but I do enjoy using it; the fact that it does only what I need it to and little more is a godsend, so any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.