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Are DVDs able to be played through CD tray?

by hikergirl / June 16, 2007 8:11 AM PDT

I don't know what technical info to provide, or where to get it, but if someone can help, I'll find it.

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by John.Wilkinson / June 16, 2007 8:24 AM PDT

You need to have a DVD-ROM or a DVD burner in order to be able to play/read DVDs. However, most DVD players are DVD/CD combo units, so what you refer to as a CD tray may in fact have the capability of playing DVDs as well. If you know the make and model number of your computer that will tell us what features you have available to you. It's usually stated on the front of your computer tower.

Let us know.

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Are DVDs able to be played through CD tray?
by hikergirl / June 18, 2007 4:22 AM PDT
In reply to: No...

John -
I have an HP E-PC Bundle System, 1.2GHZ, 256m ram, 20GB HardDrive, CDRom, Sound, Video, LAN. I don't know about a model #. There may be one on the back of the CPU, but I don't have a flashlight. Hope this is sufficient information. Thank you.

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If its an HP E-PC 42 or later then it probably has a DVD ROM
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 18, 2007 5:58 AM PDT

But without knowing the model number it is difficult to say.

What does it say when you open the My Computer icon on your Desktop? It will list all the drives on there and will show either a CD Drive or a DVD/CD Drive as well as the hard disk.

If that doesn't show you download Belarc Advisor from a free utility that when you run it will list in your browser all your system details. It's a handy utility to have as you can save and/or print the report which will help you later if you have any system problems.


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If its an HP E-PC 42 or later then it probably has a DVD ROM
by hikergirl / June 18, 2007 8:37 AM PDT

It says "CD drive." I guess that answers my question - right?
And, it's either a 40 or 40 SB. Thank you for your help.

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Yep, looks like it. Sorry
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / June 18, 2007 8:51 AM PDT

It won't be able to play DVD's.


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drive trouble
by trotter1989 / March 25, 2008 5:13 PM PDT

hi just wondering wether you could help im trying to play sims 2 wwhich is a dvd disc and im not sure wether i have a dvd drive as it is not working and im just trying to cross things off the list of what the problem could be
it says i have 2 drives an D: DVD-RW drive and E: DVD drive yet i only have one tray on my tower
heres the types SONY DVD RW DW-Q28A and JH5734Q PLW048G SCSI CdRom Device
on my computer it says they are both DVD drives yet when i click on properties it says they are DVD/CD
im confused lol if you could help that would be great sorry for babbling

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Well the Sony device is for sure a DVD
by lacsr / March 25, 2008 11:35 PM PDT
In reply to: drive trouble

The are ussually marked on the front at least by the brand Sony, so it should not be a problem to tell where it is.
BTW: When a device claims to be a DVD drive, it can also read CD's for most computer drives.

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