DVD drive can't read correctly

Discussion in 'Computer Support' started by WCH, Jun 1, 2005.

  1. WCH

    WCH Guest

    My PIII has a CD writer drive and a DVD reader drive. Starting a few
    days ago, the DVD reader stopped being able to recognize "commercial"
    DVDs (like from Blockbuster), but if I put in a DVD-R a friend made
    it'll read that fine. At first I thought it was software, but if I use
    Windows Explorer to read the drive, when there's a commercial DVD in
    there it says something like "no media in drive" or some such,
    indicating that it doesn't recognize the media, and when there's a DVD-R
    in the drive it reads it fine. I tried several commercial DVDs, and
    several DVD-Rs, to confirm the pattern.

    What would cause this? Is this some kind of drive failure? Is it some
    "lock-out" of commercial DVDs? I haven't installed any new software.
    I'm running Windows 2000 Pro, all updated. 512MB RAM. I'm virus-free.
    The machine is fine in all other ways, no hardware shows error
    messages in Device Manager. What's up here?
    WC
    WCH, Jun 1, 2005
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  2. WCH

    Rick Merrill Guest

    WCH wrote:
    > My PIII has a CD writer drive and a DVD reader drive. Starting a few
    > days ago, the DVD reader stopped being able to recognize "commercial"
    > DVDs (like from Blockbuster), but if I put in a DVD-R a friend made
    > it'll read that fine. At first I thought it was software, but if I use
    > Windows Explorer to read the drive, when there's a commercial DVD in
    > there it says something like "no media in drive" or some such,
    > indicating that it doesn't recognize the media, and when there's a DVD-R
    > in the drive it reads it fine. I tried several commercial DVDs, and
    > several DVD-Rs, to confirm the pattern.
    >
    > What would cause this? Is this some kind of drive failure? Is it some
    > "lock-out" of commercial DVDs? I haven't installed any new software.
    > I'm running Windows 2000 Pro, all updated. 512MB RAM. I'm virus-free.
    > The machine is fine in all other ways, no hardware shows error messages
    > in Device Manager. What's up here?
    > WC


    My guess is head alignment margins, not software. Blockbuster DVD's are
    probably -e and your reader and your friend's DVD are +e,
    (where 'e' stands for a small error). Have you tried cleaning the optics?
    Rick Merrill, Jun 1, 2005
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