My laptop's internal DVD+/-R burner is acting skittish lately, burning speed has dropped from about 8-10x down to about 4x. Once or twice the speed dropped down to 1x and couldn't finish. I'm thinking about replacing it once I figure out whether it is really failing or whether it is just a hiccup, but in the meantime I am wondering if there is any danger in playing back DVD-Rs in it? Could it accidentally erase a finished disc as it is playing back, or something? Also just as a related note, I think I'll try replacing it myself because CompUSA's $29.99 hardware upgrade only applies to desktop computers. For laptops, would you beleive they charge $160? Shocking bait and switch. Though I grant, this laptop (a Gateway NX250) looks a lot trickier to take apart and put back together. But still, that price difference is huge.