Re: DVD-RW problem
first off, what format are the movies? if they are divx or xvid or something like that, you can just burn them to a dvd disc and play them on a reg dvd player, but the dvd player has to support divx and xvid. if they are dvd rips, you can get something like dvd shrink and compress them onto a dvd and dvd shrink will burn them with nero.
When all else fails...Ham Radio!
I still have the same old HP DV9700T laptop I've had for years...still kickin'