CD/DVD drive won't burn DVD

I'm new here so please bear with me. My problem is my DVD drive won't burn DVD disk anymore. It will read both CD/DVD and write only to CD. I have a Dell Inspiron 1501 laptop, i purchased nine months back from Dell. I have never had a problem burning DVD disk before. It is a necessary tool in my field. I have not installed any new software, or made any hardware changes. One day last week my DVD drive froze so I stuck a pin in the little hole on drive door to open (OK maybe not the smartest thing). Every since, it will no longer burn to DVD. Please help. And thanks in advance.

Hardware: TSSTcorp DVD+-RW TS-L632H ATA DEvice

Processor: AMD Turion 64 X2 Mobile Technology TL-56 1.80 GHz

RAM: 1918MB

System type: 32-bit OS Windows Vista Home Basic

Manufacturer: Dell

Model: Inspiron 1501
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  1. Could have damaged the laser thats used for dvd burning somehow. considering its only 9months old. I would try and fresh install and see if that helps (backup your data first) and if it dont give Dell a ring and get a replacement under warrranty
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