My DVD burner issue has not improved. It's not very useful to have a DVD drive if it can't read or write files.
I'm quasi sure it's the drive itself, but I guess I can't really know unless I pop it into a different machine. I was theorizing that it was the motherboard, which I replaced a few months ago, but I don't think that's it.
Even though new drives are under $60, dual-layer even, I just hate spending money on something like that, but the truth is, I need it.