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[Solved] DVD drive selective in what it reads

mij

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This computer has somehow become selective in what it will and wont read in the D: drive. It used to play anything I stuck in there including CD's. Now there are some DVD's and CD's it will not play. I have tried downloading other DVD drivers but it hasn't worked. I also tried un-installing its driver and letting it reinstall it but that didn't work either. It is set for region 2 but I had thought that it was all one region now.Those it does not render, play in a W7 machine that my wife has and will also play in a TV that has a DVD slot, so it's not the DVD's.
My machine has an ATAPI iHAS 124 E ATA Device.
My wife's machine has a Plus DVD + RW DL -8ATS ATA Device.
jim
PS They are original disks, not copies.
 
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RandyL

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Hi mij;
Disk drives do fail so that may be the problem. I had a CD drive once that started to fail and had trouble reading disks. It seemed to have the most trouble reading music CD's for some reason.

It is strange that both DVD's and CD's are experiencing issues at the same time.

Would it be possible to try your wife's combo drive in your computer? If that works then it would confirm that it is a faulty drive.
 

KenB

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Hi
You could try deleting the Upper and Lower Filters from the registry.
click here
[ saves me typing ! ]
You will just need to click on the Start > ...type in ......regedit .....ENTER

To "open the path" you click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE then the > next to SYSTEM ......etc.

If anything is different after that then stop and ask.

If you decide to do this please be very careful and only do exactly what is described in the link.
The Registry is very sensitive :)
 

mij

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Hi mij;
Disk drives do fail so that may be the problem. I had a CD drive once that started to fail and had trouble reading disks. It seemed to have the most trouble reading music CD's for some reason.
I have ordered another and will collect it tomorrow all being well.
It is strange that both DVD's and CD's are experiencing issues at the same time.
It is only those two disks. One is a dvd of a pastelist painting the other is a cd of music. They both play in my wife's computer and the tv that has a disk option.
Would it be possible to try your wife's combo drive in your computer? If that works then it would confirm that it is a faulty drive.
No this is very unlikely as her's is a completely different set up - screen, dvd and computer all in one.
jim
 

mij

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KenB thanks for the suggeston but I cannot trust myself to go to the registry :/
jim
 

KenB

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Hi Jim
If you are unsure then it is best to leave it alone :)

Let's see what happens when you try a new drive.
 

mij

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I fitted it yesterday and I tried those two disks first. They both played - wonderful!
Problem solved.
Many thanks.
jim
PS It is a TSSTcorp CDDVDW SH-224DE ATA Device not that that means much to me.
 

KenB

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That is good to hear Jim - I will mark this one "solved" :)
 
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