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Windows 7: DVD Drive unable to read certain DVDs but most of them are readable.


11 Feb 2013   #1

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 
DVD Drive unable to read certain DVDs but most of them are readable.

I've been trying to watch my Big Bang Theory Season 4 DVDs. I've started watching discs 1,2 and two and they're recognized fine in my drive but disc 3 isn't even recognized and the drive says please insert a disc.

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11 Feb 2013   #2

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Hum maybe something wrong with the codec or damage to the initial read area - look at the very inner "start" surface as they read disks from the centre to the outside just like the old vinyl records used to read from out to in ( a very long spiral).

Look for scuffs and scratches though they tend to have to be pretty bad on DVD's. Blu ray disks are a little more susceptible because they use a finer "burn" line than the ordinary DVD's

I don't know where you are but if the problem is damage either take it back to the seller or try and repair the damage by buffing with some silver cleaning polish DON'T use brass cleaner as it uses solvents and will "melt" the disk surface the silver polish like Silvo is water based.
It takes a bit of elbow grease but works fine for me on DVD's and CD's and sue mainly an in to out cleaning action (straight strokes) .

You can but cleaning kits but in my experience they do more damage than good especially the ones that use a spinning disk that "wanders in an elliptical fashion over the disk surface

It could also just be a bad manufactured disk.
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12 Feb 2013   #3
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ultimate X64 SP1
 
 

Put disk 3 in the DVD drive and reboot and see if it will play or is recognized. Also try to play it in a DVD player or another PC. If still no, that disk is bad.
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12 Feb 2013   #4

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Britton30 View Post
Put disk 3 in the DVD drive and reboot and see if it will play or is recognized. Also try to play it in a DVD player or another PC. If still no, that disk is bad.
Oops mate didn't think of that one
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12 Feb 2013   #5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

This DVD is brand new, and works in my laptop but not my desktop
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12 Feb 2013   #6

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Ok run a lens cleaner through the player Topaz if that doesn't work then I would be looking at replacing the drive - they are cheap enough and not hard to do if you are confident to do that yourself.

In Device Manager also check the status of the driver for that unit see pic


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13 Feb 2013   #7

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

I tried my sister's set of season 4 of the big bang theory and her disc 3 from season 4 does work my drive so i have a bad pressed disc
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14 Feb 2013   #8

Desk1 8 Pro / Desk2 7 Home Prem / Laptop 8.1 Pro all 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by topazkitty View Post
I tried my sister's set of season 4 of the big bang theory and her disc 3 from season 4 does work my drive so i have a bad pressed disc
Doesn't that just miff you off!!??
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14 Feb 2013   #9

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

yeah, I wish I knew about it earlier
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