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Am I unlucky or what.

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by greenbrucelee, Oct 25, 2008.

  1. greenbrucelee
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    So I got my replacement dvd drive and it started not reading the DVDs at 11pm last night, I swapped the cables with known good ones and still the same. I then put it in my old pc back and still the same.

    This is pissing me off.:x
     
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    learn how to use a computer? If you spent more time studying and reading you might have had an IT job by now! By the looks of things your always on here giving people crappy advice that you havent really got a clue about. Stick to your day job eh!
     
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    WTF are you on about, I think you need to calm down boy.
     
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    Right, I don't like your tone here node. GBL is a respected member here, so you might want to refrase your post in a somewhat less aggresive way.
    If you have a sollution for his problem, shoot. We do not start spilling dirt here with no answers at all.
     
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    Thanls mate :)
     
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    This might sound a bit silly but is it a specific DVD its not reading or is it any?

    It is entirely possible its just a bad disc


    P.S. I you think you are unlucky I destroyed two computers and a £300 graphics cards in three weeks without even trying :(
     
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    Nah it any and every dvd, although it'l read CDs. The same thing happened to the last one (both samsung SH-223).

    It was find until I tried to install Crysis wars and then it wouldn't work, tried system restore etc, I am now thinking Novatech have had a bad batch
     
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    Whats this, the second drive you've had the same issue with? I would suggest switching to a different brand on the next one.

    Oh, and refer to the avatar.
     
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    I am going to change the brand, there must be some sort of issue with these samsung drives.

    Yeah point taken.
     
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    GBL, before ya send that one back i'd suggest "borrowing" someone elses pc and fit teh drive in taht, just to make absolutly sure it is the drive. Some companies charge a re-stocking fee or a test fee for returned goods and you get charged if found not faulty.
    Also putting it in someone else pc would normally rule out an OS or software issue causing the drive to fail.
     
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    it didn't work on my other pc though.
     
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    You can try the following:

    1. Going to Device Manager and seeing the status, if it appears to check out ok, uninstall the device restart and let the PC install the drive again. If that doesn't work then:

    2. Try cleaning the drive (this for example) and if that doesn't work...

    3. Replace drive...

    Can't suggest anything more than that mate.

    -ken
     
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    tried those, device manager said it was ok, so I uninstalled then restarted windows but still the same.

    I tried a cd cleaner as I havent got a dvd cleaner but that didn't fix anything.

    I have arranged for them to take the dvd drive away.
     
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    Hi,

    We had a similar problem at work a long time ago. (When DVD writers first came out.) We traced the problem to a bug in some burning software we installed. Have you installed any software recently?

    Just a thought.

    SD
     
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    just lots of games, I installed nero that came with it when I put it in my computer on Wednesday. I installed 5 games last night then it stopped working.

    I am just wondering if I should do a system restore to before I installed those games and see if it'll work.
     
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    That didn't work, there must be a compatability issue or something.
     
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    I believe Crysis uses a similar DRM to securom (or might even be securom), securom has been known to cause problems sometimes with cd burning software, as well as general problems with some optical drives. If it is as invasive as Securom is then one way to get rid of it is with a format, although a google search can yield some helpful results in how to get rid of it.

    That might be the problem, perhaps removing Nero will help as then the DRM has nothing to get in a mood over.
     
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    point taken about feed trolls
     
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    yep I heard that too but would it stop the drive working in another pc?
     
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    GBL

    When you say the DVD drive has stopped working, what exactly do you mean?

    1. The LED on the drive does not stay on or blink?
    2. When the DVD is inserted you cannot hear it spin up?
    3. The tray cannot open/close?

    If any of the above is happening, I'd be inclined to make sure that the drive is not on a shared power cable (and! test the cable supplying it to ensure that it is supplying power to the drive); make sure that the IDE/SATA cable is securely fitted and not snagged causing it to come loose when you properly seat the drive, etc.

    I think it's unlikely that copy protection systems are ruining your drive, but still ensure that all drivers relating to your DVD drive are removed, and Nero itself. When this is done connect the drive normally and do not install any drivers to see if Windows still recognises it.

    Let us know how it goes. :)
     
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