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DVD Problems

Discussion in 'Software' started by Alex Wright, Mar 13, 2007.

  1. Alex Wright

    Alex Wright Megabyte Poster

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    Hi,

    Over the last few weeks my computer has refused to play any of my DVD's. They are brand new but it almost appears as though my computer is allergic to them. It will happily read and play audio cd's and games but not DVD's.

    Any ideas as to what the problem may be? Could it have anything to do with the settings on my system. My operating system is Windows XP Professional and I tend to use Media Player 9 to watch/listen to music.

    Thanks in advance for all of your responses.

    Alex
     
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  2. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Might sound stupid, but it is a DVD drive right? Has it worked ok in the past? Any errors? It could possibly be the DVD laser has died, coz i think there are 2 seperate lasers in a combo drive, dont quote me on that tho.:)
     
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  3. hbroomhall

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    DVD drives *do* wear fairly fast. Particularly these days as they are so cheap.

    If you can read CD based disks then it is a fair bet that the drive is worn too badly to deal with the rather more precise requirements of DVDs.

    As replacement drives are so cheap this isn't a disaster!

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  4. Mathematix

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    If you are going to invest in DVDs I would always recommend Plextor.

    1. They are very, very quiet. None of that loud humming you get with many other brands as the disk spins up!

    2. One of my drives is now about 2 years old, and the other, a DVD writer is 1.5 years. No problems at all. :)
     
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  5. BosonMichael
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    I will second that recommendation. My Plextor DVD burner has held up flawlessly under heavy use for the past 2 years.
     
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  6. Alex Wright

    Alex Wright Megabyte Poster

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    Hi guys,

    Thanks for your input and my apologies for the delayed response.

    Could I replace the laser myself or is it a job for a PC Technician?

    AW
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    That's a non-serviceable part. You junk the drive and buy a new one.
     
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  8. hbroomhall

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    I'm with BBM on this. The cost of doing that would be *higher* than just replacing the drive.

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