DVD-Rom blues

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dave01902

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I have a pioneer DVD-Rom drive, model # DVD-115.
I put a dvd in the drive, and it doesn't recognize that theres a disk in there with certain disks/dvds. I put the same dvd in a friend's pioneder drive, and it worked fine.
Now, some dvds that have played in the drive in the past won't play now. I haven't updated anything pertaining to the dvd drive or software that I'm using. I don't think its the sotware, because MOST of my dvds play in the drive.

I went to the pioneer website to download the latest firmware, but they want me to do some crazy things to update it. I have to reconnect the dvd drive on the secondary IDE as a master, and then boot up and install the firmware that way. I will NOT do this, as its illogical. I have my hard drives connected to the secondary IDE, and if I reconnect it all, my drive letters will be all messed up, to say the least. Does anyone out there have a simpler answer that what Pioneer has?

I'm running win xp pro service pack 1
768 mb sd ram
ge force 3 ti500
sound blaster value
buslink 52x32x52x cd/rw
pioneer dvd rom drive
 
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It may be as simple as dirt/dust on the lens. These are very sensitive as is the lens alignment. If it's alignment you may be forced into a new drive. If it's dust there may be a quick solution. Either a CD-ROM cleaner disk which is about $5.00 (it's just a disk with a small brush attached to it) or a VERY CAREFUL SPRAY of compressed air. Never too much and never hold the can in any angle other than straight up. That's to keep from freezing the components.

I would doubt firmware is an issue if it played these disks before and plays others now.

See this: http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?kbid=321641
 

dave01902

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Alright, I'll give the cleaner a shot, I hope that its not a lens alignment problem, I don't have the $ to buy a new dvd drive, and this one is fairly new..
Thanks
 
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dave01902 said:
Alright, I'll give the cleaner a shot, I hope that its not a lens alignment problem, I don't have the $ to buy a new dvd drive, and this one is fairly new..Thanks
Well, hopefully not but maybe it's under warranty????
 

dave01902

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nah, no warrenty, and as for the link to the firmware, I'm not going to do it. Its too much trouble to upgrade it. If I upgrade it, I may as well just reformat.
 
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