DVD Drive wont work

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  1. tunes

    tunes OT Supporter

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    Ok computer crew,
    I recently purchased a desktop that only came with a cd-rom. I purchased a DVD-Rom and put it in today to replace the CD-rom. When i go into my computer it says DVD Drive but under details it says:

    DVD Drive (D
    Cd Drive

    It will read CDs but no DVDs. I have tried uninstalling and reinstalling, and deleting the filters in the registry and neither have worked.....what can i do to make this stupid piece of shit read DVDs?
     
  2. White Stormy

    White Stormy Take that, subspace!

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    Hooked on DVD Phonics
     
  3. trouphaz

    trouphaz New Member

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    did the dvd drive come with any software? i don't know about vista, but i don't think xp came with the appropriate codecs to decrypt DVDs.
     
  4. tunes

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    nope.

    I am running XP.
    i downloaded a driver for it but all it does is open up in a DOS window and says:
    Please insert a formatted diskette and press enter


    it is a HLDS GDR-8081N drive
     
  5. doubledave

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    I've seen the same kind of thing. A DVD-ROM drive that is broken in a way that it reads CD ROMs but not DVDs. Doesn't have anything to do with software. Simply won't read DVDs. You can check that by opening the drive in "my computer" and see if you see files in it. A DVD video disc will have an Audio_TS and Video_TS folders in it regardless of whether DVD playing software is installed or not. If it can read CD-ROMs then it should be able to read DVD-ROMs if the drive isn't bad.
     
  6. tunes

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    so I need to send the drive back and have it replaced? When I put a DVD in it will always say please insert a disk
     
  7. Doomsday

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    optical drives has one optical head,... and may have:
    a) a separate laser diode for CDs, and another separate laser diode for DVDs (add another separate laser diode for Lightscribe, etc); or
    b) a dual-mode laser diode

    either way,... the CD laser diode can function even if the DVD laser diode is busted.

    if this is the case,.. you are just wasting your time troubleshooting. just replace the drive.
     

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