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Problem playing a DVD

Discussion in 'Multimedia' started by DVDWatcher101, Dec 16, 2011.

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  1. DVDWatcher101

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    Hi there, I'm running Windows XP, and I'm having trouble playing a DVD: Star Wars Episode III Revenge of the Sith. For some reason, the problem affects only this DVD; other DVDs play fine. I can sometimes get Revenge of the Sith to play properly, but most of the time my computer simply won't recognize the disc, and only makes a whirring noise when I put it in the drive. The disc itself is not damaged, and plays perfectly well on a regular DVD player & TV, so I'm guessing this might be a software compatibility issue; maybe I've got something on my computer that's interfering with this disk. Any suggestions?
     
  2. Megabite

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    Howdy,

    Is this a store bought movie?
     
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    Yes. Does it make a difference?
     
  4. Megabite

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    OK.....it is just your DVD drive that doesn't like it......if you have recently bought it you can take it back for another one.

    The reason I ask if store bought as if it is a copy then can not help.

    How old is the DVD drive?
     
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    I don't know how old the DVD drive is exactly. I bought the PC I'm currently using in 2006, so the drive is maybe 5 years old, could be more depending on how old the computer was when I bought it.
     
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    I had a laptop that the CD drive would only recognise some CDs and not others...not too big of deal....I tried cleaning the lens and any software updates but finally got a external one and had no probs.
     
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    That's interesting, but I'm still not sure what to do here. This is a problem I've developed with this particular DVD only recently (I used to be able to play it without difficulty), so I suspect I have probably installed something on my computer that's interfering with things. What if anything can I do about this?
     
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    If you put the Movie in the Drive and go to Computer it should show up as something if the drive is reading the disc.

    Not sure what you have installed recently......can you think of any you have installed recently?

    I also did a fresh install on my laptop which help for awhile.

    Do you use Nero or have any virtual drive programs?
     
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    The computer doesn't normally read the disk. Things I've installed recently could include various browsers (Safari & Chrome) and QuickTime updates, and some utilities like Unlocker. I'm not smart enough with computer tech to know what Nero and virtual drive programs are.
     
  10. Megabite

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    Well it most likely the drive or there is some that your Drive doesn't like on that disc as it is only the one disc you seem to be having problem with.

    The laser on the Drive could be wearing out....as I said my drive stopped recognising some game disks and they where fine...but after getting the external drive it recognised them all again.....you can buy a new internal drive also.
     
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    On the assumption that there's a software problem, not something wrong with the laser on the drive, how would I go about fixing it?
     
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