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#1 Bibbinator

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 03:20 AM

For some reason, my computer is no longer able to read DVD-R discs. When i insert a blank one it says "please insert a disc". ( I use dynex discs). I can't burn any type of movie or file onto these discs. Pretty much I can't use it at all. Is there any way to fix this so my computer can read DVD-R discs again? :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 03:42 AM

Two things you can try:

1. Use the fix given on this Microsoft site.
2. Clean the laser lens with one of those drive cleaning kits.
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 03:49 AM

Try some quality blanks like verbatim, the dynex, especially ones made in china or hong kong are some of the worst crud.
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 04:15 AM

I've tried budapest's way and no luck =[. Also I've used the same type of DVD discs before on my laptop and it works fine so I'm pretty sure it's not the DVD's problem. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 06:38 AM

Try reinstalling the driver for the DVD.

How to update a Windows hardware driver
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 09:05 AM

Budapest,

with windows xp and optical drives being natively supported, simply removing the drive from device manager and rebooting
refreshes the driver.


sounds like the drive may be dying

laptop burners don't hold up very well, it's a wonder they work for long
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Posted 02 December 2007 - 09:45 AM

Did you try cleaning the lens of the burner?

Did you check Event Viewer for pertinent error messages that may provide clues?

Finally...as Chewy mentioned...these things do die eventually, they are not meant to last a lifetime exceeding one year.

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 05:11 PM

I have tried Budapest's way, but i cant seem to find the site for the manufacturer let alone the update. My hardrive for my dvd player is HL-DT-ST DVD Rom GDR8161B. I've tried to uninstall the driver like Chewy said but nothing seemed to happen. As for the driver dying, I'm able to read game discs on it so I'm guessing it still works. :thumbsup:

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Posted 02 December 2007 - 05:27 PM

if it's reading dvd game disks it's fine ,but the drive you quoted is a dvd-rom(read only) doesn't write to dvd's at all

if it's not reading burned dvd's that a problem with those crappy disks and the burn


dvd reading and burning usually screw up first since they are harder to read and burn than cd's

Edited by DaChew, 02 December 2007 - 05:27 PM.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 09:03 PM

It used to be able to read the discs just fine.... is there any way to fix it?

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 09:48 PM

Uhhh...you first say that your drive cannot READ disks...then you make some sort of statement about not being able to BURN to DVD-R disks.

I will ask again, just to be sure: How many drives for CD/DVD...are installed on your system?

I will further ask that you click Start/Run, then type in MSINFO32, hit OK. Put the mouse on the + next to Components. Put the mouse on CD-ROM and then post the data that appears next to NAME.

If you have two CD/DVD drives, do the same for the other.

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:17 PM

Well, my computer cant read DVD disks AT ALL. As for drives I think that I have 3 CD/DVD drives.

Here is what i get from the components you had told me to search for:

1st Name: HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8161B
2nd Name: Sony CD-RW CRX215E5
3rd Name: NU3362M ZSA022S SCSI CdRom Device

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Posted 03 December 2007 - 11:36 PM

I would just order a dvd burner, they are so cheap now, it's a waste of time fooling with a dvd-rom drive

so your laptop is burning the dvd-r's that your computer dvd-rom won't read

very confusing

that 3rd drive looks like it's a virtual one that you installed

if the new drive doesn't work then you will probably have to investigate software driver conflicts
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 02:28 AM

If both drives are giving you problems then it may be the IDE driver. An easy check is to uninstall the IDE driver, reboot and let the OS reinstall it on reboot.
Control Panel > System > Hardware tab > Device Manager button
Click the plus sign to the left of the entry IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers. Right-click on the entry Secondary IDE channel and select Uninstall. Close out of all the windows. Reboot and try playing a DVD to see if there was a change.
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Posted 04 December 2007 - 07:44 AM

Now that we have ascertained that the desktop computer has no dvd burner maybe we ought to revisit the original post and try to clarify what the actual problem is?

For some reason, my computer is no longer able to read DVD-R discs. When i insert a blank one it says "please insert a disc". ( I use dynex discs). I can't burn any type of movie or file onto these discs. Pretty much I can't use it at all. Is there any way to fix this so my computer can read DVD-R discs again?


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