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Windows 7: DVD Drive doesnt read disks

02 Apr 2010   #41
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

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WAA soo many suggestions... i'll do them in order and tell you which ones work.

I have windows XP on another hard drive, and i have been able to install from disks. This would probably rule out dirty lenses, too i guess.

Since the drive works in XP, i dont think its in the connections, and its on CS and is the only device connected on its cable.

As for Shutups qs, ill answer in number form (yaaay):

1. Yes, I also have the option to boot from CD, which is what i did to install XP after I installed 7

2. Yes. In device manager it sits there triumphantly, no worries.

3. Yes. When i put a disk in, it just spins the disk.

Might need a little explination about the sata jumpers... only ever had to fiddle around with IDE jumpers

Thanks for all your help guys.
Never mind the jumpers. You mentioned it works in XP, so it should work in W7 too.

One more question.

When you have inserted a disk, and you go to the explorer, when you doubleclick on it, does it open the disk's folder?

If yes, that means the associations are messed up, but that is solvable.

If no, I'm out of clues for now.
Unfortunately, no. When the disk keeps spinning, if i double click the drive, explorer locks up, and does absolutely nothing. I think after leaving it for 20 minutes or something, i can get into the files, but i cant open any of them. i just get a win32 error or something. Ill do it now to confirm
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02 Apr 2010   #42
aDuck

Windows 7
 
 

Bout time... since last post i tried to start reading a setup program on a DVD.

When i get into the DVD, it shows the files, but the icons dont show up.
When i start the setup program, it gives me the error:
"E:\ is not a valid Win32 application"

Not sure of its relevence, but I have Windows 64 bit.

Any ideas?

Thanks whest for the time killer.
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02 Apr 2010   #43
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Shutup View Post
Never mind the jumpers. You mentioned it works in XP, so it should work in W7 too.
That may not be entirely true... If it's on Cable Select and Win7 is looking for Master... XP doesn't appear to care about the jumper... but that may not be the case in Win7.

Simple test... set the drive to Master and see what happens... He can always put it back.
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02 Apr 2010   #44
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

And if you should happen to mess around with SATA jumpers, be sure to check the drives documentation at the manufacturer web site. Some drives [SeaGate I know for sure] has a jumper setting for running it in SATA-1 mode [5400 RPM] as oppossed to SATA-2 mode [7200 RPM]. Always be sure what the jumper settings are for first. Some Western Digital drives even have a jumper setting for technicians to access the firmware. In other words, be careful, and read the documentation for that specific drive. SATA's are a little more tricky that IDE drives, when it comes to jumper settings.
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02 Apr 2010   #45
CommonTater

XP Pro SP3 X86 / Win7 Pro X86
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by MadMaxData View Post
And if you should happen to mess around with SATA jumpers, be sure to check the drives documentation at the manufacturer web site. Some drives [SeaGate I know for sure] has a jumper setting for running it in SATA-1 mode [5400 RPM] as oppossed to SATA-2 mode [7200 RPM]. Always be sure what the jumper settings are for first. Some Western Digital drives even have a jumper setting for technicians to access the firmware. In other words, be careful, and read the documentation for that specific drive. SATA's are a little more tricky that IDE drives, when it comes to jumper settings.
Just to remind you... we established earlier that it's an IDE drive.
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02 Apr 2010   #46
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by CommonTater View Post
Just to remind you... we established earlier that it's an IDE drive.
OOPS! Okay, so I'm a dope. Can we just chalk that up to a future reference thing? LOL
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03 Apr 2010   #47
aDuck

Windows 7
 
 

Ok, changing to master hasnt worked...
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03 Apr 2010   #48
aDuck

Windows 7
 
 

Just made a summary on the 1st post on whats going on and what doesnt work.

Thanks again for your help guys, still plugging away for solutions
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03 Apr 2010   #49
whest

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by aDuck View Post
Bout time... since last post i tried to start reading a setup program on a DVD.

When i get into the DVD, it shows the files, but the icons dont show up.
When i start the setup program, it gives me the error:
"E:\ is not a valid Win32 application"

Not sure of its relevence, but I have Windows 64 bit.

Any ideas?

Thanks whest for the time killer.
Here's a interesting bing search result for the above error :
Not a valid Win32 application.

all results :
E DRIVE is not a valid Win32 application - Bing
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03 Apr 2010   #50
MadMaxData

Windows 7 Enterprise x64
 
 

Okay, I just re-read the entire thread. I didn't see where you went into Device Manager [while in Windows 7, not XP, obviously] and uninstalled the device. Then immediately reboot, and allow Windows to reinstall the driver. Have you tried that already?
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