1. Clean the DVD lens (do not do this on BR drives!)
2. Do this -> http://www.pchell.com/hardware/cd_drive_error_code_39.shtml
About step 2. Yes you may not see CODE 39 but I still remove those filters because after these 2 steps and one more test I replace the drive.
Last test? Does this CD?DVD drive still boot? That is, can I boot from that drive with UBUNTU or other?
I'm on Vista, with latest updates. Up until about 6 months ago my DVD player worked fine. Now it doesn't recognise my DVDs and keeps asking me to insert a DVD when I've already inserted one.
OS Version: 6_0_6002
Service Pack: 2_0
I have both WMP and Realplayer installed. I have DivX Player. I had but then removed Corel WinDVD 9.
On Hardware Properties, it says the DVD device is working properly.
I'm using a feeble laptop and am occupying about 75% of my 87.7 GB hard drive. I have 2GB RAM and a 32-bit operating system. I have a 1.66 GHz Intel Core 2CPU. Generally, the whole thing is ageing - the battery doesn't work, two keys have fallen off and the right mouse button on the computer doesn't work! So I'm ready to buy a new one. But I'd like to know if this DVD issue is software or hardware.
Am thinking that Corel WinDVD uninstall may have messed things up.