The topic description basically says it all. Our CD/DVD drive gives us regular problems burning CDs where there is often background noise (and this often gets more pronounced towards the end of the CD). Some CDs won't play at all. Plus, DVDs start hanging about halfway through the movie- for a split second at a time, every few seconds, and this also gets worse as it goes on.
I spoke with Dell in the spring, they had me do a critical update (the driver perhaps?) but this did not solve the problem.
This is on a Dell Inspiron E1505 notebook running Windows XP Home Edition.
Thanks in advance for any help!