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DVD drive won't play dvd's

XP Home SP2. Sony DVD/CD-RW drive

Laptop is about 3 years old. Suddenly DVD drive will not play dvd's. It plays CD-Roms and Audio CD's fine but after a few clicks and and an attempt at whirring it does nothing at all with a dvd. I've searched the forums and found no useful advice other than that the drive is probably broken and will need replacing. Should this happen after only 3 years? Never happened to me before. Or is there something else I can do.

Thanks in anticipation


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We Replace Those...3 Years Is About Right...

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...especially if you've used them a lot. They frequently start losing the ability to read one type of disc or another when they're headed south. You can always try a lens cleaner but since a lens cleaner may cost $10 -$15 and a new drive can be found for $30-$35,(maybe less on sale) then we replace them..

Hope this helps.


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Three years is a reasonable life

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for such a device. They get dirty or the laser gets weak. Presuming you're codecs are in tack, you can put in a DVD that you know is good that contains a file that WMP can play and navigate to it from Windows Media Player rather than just click on it. WMP might give give a clue such as an error message when it tries to access the file. If so, I'd say you an try an appropriate cleaning method but a replacement need at three years isn't a bad track record.

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Faulty dvd drive

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Well, what d'you know? After a few days it is suddenly playing dvd's again. Is this typical behaviour when a drive is on its way out? Or is there something else going on?

A couple of little mysteries: Device Manager lists two optical drives, the Sony that is the only one fitted to the laptop and one labled JM3237G FMX678U SCSI CdRom. The Sony is an IDE drive, so I have no idea what the other one is. I occaisionally use a USB flash drive, but otherwise no other optical drive has ever been connected to this machine.

Also, Explorer claims that I have two DVD drives: E and H. H is the Sony, and I have no idea what E is supposed to me.

Could this have anything to do wit the drive's erratic behaviour, or is it just dying slowly like a western hero?


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Any CD/DVD emulation software

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Will likely be listed as a SCSI

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