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DVD-RW won't register DVDs

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by slaughterpwns, Nov 24, 2008.

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  1. slaughterpwns

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    I used to be able to play DVDs in my computer. Then for a long time I didn't use the comp for DVDs. And now I want to watch movies on my comp all the time... but the DVD-RW drive doesn't register my DVDs. CDs work fine, and if I go to My Computer, the the DVD-RW drive icon is there, but when I open it, it's empty. And Windows Media and no other media player will register that I have a DVD in.

    The DVDs I put in are originals, and I've even tried to play DVDs that I know I've played on the computer before, and it still doesn't work. I've googled already for people who have the same problem and tried some solutions that didn't work, such as a downloaded fixer and copying something in notepad that did something to my registry?? I tried a Windows troubleshoot and it says I may need a new decoder?

    I think somewhere in that long gap where I didn't play DVDs, I might of wiped my OS and reinstalled Windows, so maybe I wiped some decoder I need? But it's near impossible to find a decoder I don't have to pay for, and I shouldn't have to pay for a new one. I really don't feel like calling Dell Tech Support... So any suggestions? Talk in baby terms and give direction step-by-step please. Thank you. :)
     
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    Did your computer come with a recovery cd?
     
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