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DVD Multi Recorder drive sounds like it's dying...and a few other issues

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Megacherv, Oct 16, 2008.

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  1. Megacherv

    Megacherv Thread Starter

    Oct 7, 2008
    I recently fixed my DVD drive on my laptop using a method found on this site (upper and lower registries). I've then had a few issues with it. The main one is that the DVD drive sounds as if it's falling to pieces, and is almost unable to play DVDs (only tried movies). My stepdad says that he's been having the same problems, and when I tried to play a DVD on his laptop in Windows Media Player, the following error came up:-

    "Windows Media Player cannot play DVD video. You might need to adjust your Windows display settings. Open display settings in Control Panel, and then try lowering your screen resolution and color quality settings."

    When I first attempted to play a DVD on my laptop after I fixed the drive, I got the exact same error. I then installed VLC Media Player and attempted to run it using that, it was unable to play (can't remember error message), 2nd attempt I managed to get to the title menu, video was unable to play. 3rd attempt next day with a different DVD, video played fine which odd jumping, then spontaneously stopped playing. WMP still didn't work.

    According to my stepdad's workmate, he says that it's just a software problem, and that he made a disc that'll fix it.

    My laptop specs should be in my signature shortly after writing this, but my stepdad's laptop's are:-

    OS: Windows Vista Home Basic
    Memory: 768 MB (ooh, careful there)
    CPU: 1.88GHz ~1.9GHz
    HDD: 120GB capacity

    Not much that I can put down, as I refuse to use Vista.

    Other issues with my laptop's drive are:-
    In My Computer, it shows 2 different drives (E: as DVD drive, D: as DVD-RW drive)
    Had to reboot once to install software that was on disc
    Music CDs work fine, which is quite confusing.

    Thanks in advance for any assistance

    EDIT: Okay, so signatures don't show up on this forum. Here are my laptop specs:-

    OS: Microsoft Windows XP Home Edition
    Memory: 738 MB
    CPU: Intel Celeron M Processor, 1.30 GHz
    Graphics Card: ATI Mobility Radeon 9100, 32 MB
    DirectX version: 9.0
    Sound Card Drivers: SoundMAX Digital Audio
    BIOS: PhoenixBIOS 4.0 Release 6.0
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