Why yes, it has just stopped wanting to write DVDs (and CDs).
At the moment, it's about to be replaced with a CD writer/DVD combo, and a USB DVD writer should be here by Friday, but it'd be useful if anyone reasonably local had writer they don't need.
Other kit lying around: a Yamada DVD player (DivX, multi-region, Dolby 5.1 output, plus will output a down-mixed stereo as well as 5.1 which its replacement won't do). About two or three years ago, these were the ones to go for, being both inexpensive and capable of playing your downloaded .AVI files. Working, with remote, but possibly not with manual (should be downloadable).
The only thing I didn't like about it was that when playing some DVDs, there'd be a whirring noise for about a minute around 30 minutes into the film - obviously the disc speed at that point is causing some slight resonation, and the location of the IR detector for the remote control meant I had to be tidy on top of a nearby bookshelf, or it would be hidden! Not much, but the cost of its replacement wasn't much either.
Artec Ultima 2000 scanner USB powered, 300 dpi, 24 bit colour. Works with Windows, but there aren't any Linux drivers for this version...