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DVD-RW drive is reading CDs but not DVDs.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by THFS, Jan 20, 2007.

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  1. THFS

    THFS Thread Starter

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    It reads CDs fine but whenever I put a DVD in the drive it sounds like it's attempting to read for about a minute, then nothing happens. When I double click on the DVD drive in My Computer it says "Please insert a disk into drive F:."

    Any ideas?
     
  2. Flags

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    Do you have any DVD software installed?
     
  3. listentothis

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    Laptop or PC? Make/model? Who's the maker of the drive?
     
  4. THFS

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    PC with the following specs:
    Intel Core 2 Duo E6400 @ 2.13GHz
    1GB (2x512) PC4200 DDRII RAM (Kingston)
    Gigabyte GA-965P-S3
    Gigabyte 7600GT
    Thermaltake Aguila w/430W PSU

    It's a LiteOn SOHW-832S. I don't have any DVD software installed, since I never had to install any on my older PCs. This PC is completely new though.
     
  5. johnpost

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    what operating system?

    are you talking reading dvd data discs or watching
    dvd movie? i think the ambiguity is causing
    confusion for people to answer.
     
  6. THFS

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    I'm talking about DVD discs in general. Blank DVDs, data discs, movies, everything. Windows XP Professional.
    EDIT: I just tried putting in my copy of Gran Turismo 4 and it works, but other DVDs aren't working. This is weird.
     
  7. johnpost

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    your dvd drive could be bad. you say pc is new so it's
    unclear if drive has been tested good over long term
    or not.

    dvd and cd heads are different so one can be
    good and other bad. also one can be slightly
    bad, so that its tolerance is just enough to
    read one disc and not others.
     
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    THFS: There is a firmware update for this drive. You might try it.
    I don't understand why you didn't get a copy of DVD software with your drive unless you bought it OEM.
    I would still try to install some sort of DVD reader software. You'll neet it to read DVD movies anyway.
     
  9. Rich-M

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    You should be able to read play movies in Media Player providing you have the right codecs installed and have done all the Windows Updates, though admittedly it isn't the best for that.
    Here is a free burner program that will burn cd's and dvd's nicely:
    http://www.cdburnerxp.se/
     
  10. DoubleHelix

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    I'd lean toward a bad drive. You do not need any codecs or special software installed to open data DVDs or even browse the folder structure of a movie DVD. If it's a new drive, it should have a warranty. Try to get it replaced.
     
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