DVD's dont work on my laptop.

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  1. StuDLei

    StuDLei Death before Dishonor

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    Hey all, I am headed to Iraq in just a few days and am bringing my laptop with me, mainly for watching dvds, which as of a couple days ago it just plain doesnt work anymore. I can load and unload discs but nothing happens when I close the drive. Sometimes it will kind of try to read but nothing ever comes up on the screen. Anyways, this is a big deal for since Im about to leave in just a few days and Im gonna be really bored if I cant watch a single movie on my computer while Im gone. Is there anyway I can buy a small dvd player to plug into my comuter or something. My laptop is a comaq presario r3000 thats 3 years old if that helps. Thanks.
     
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    does it read normal cd's? how about data dvds?
     
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    Dumb question, but do you have DVD player software installed?

    Worst case, you can buy a portable DVD player...
     
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    ... and what brand / model is it
     
  5. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Have you tried to run Windows Media Player manually? Just because the disc doesn't start playing automatically doesn't mean it's broken.
     
  6. Stilgar1973

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    Absolutely.

    They have been selling external DVD drives for years.
    Alternatly you can roll your own.
    Go to the store and buy whatever internal DVD drive strikes your fancy. Then purchase an external case for it.

    You shouldn't have any problems watching movies this way.
     
  7. StuDLei

    StuDLei Death before Dishonor

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    Yes, Ive tried using real player and interwinDVD (whatever its called) manually and it just doesnt work. I guess Ill look into the external drive thing. Starting to think about buying a new laptop which I dont have the money for, but they are saying its gonna be a boring deployment this time with alot of down time. I cant play games on my computer right now either. So well see I guess.
     

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