DVD Drive - Won't play DVD's

  walking_alone 12:19 19 May 04

I might be missing something really obvious here but for some reason my DVD drive on my home PC will no longer read DVD discs.

It will read, cds, cd roms ect but when a DVD is inserted it will just give a message telling me that the drive is not ready.

I've tried re-installing software but that didnt work. Having only a basic knowledge of PC' any help would be appreciated.


  TomJerry 12:37 19 May 04


  walking_alone 13:15 19 May 04

The problem exists with all DVD's

  Stuartli 14:04 19 May 04

A DVD-ROM drive normally has two lasers, one for CDs and one for DVDs.

It sounds as though the DVD laser might have given up the ghost.

A new DVD-ROM drive is less than £20 these days.

  Totally-braindead 14:15 19 May 04

Stuartli is correct, it perfectly possible for one of the lasers to go and for the other to work ok as it seems to be in your case. Before you bin it though try cleaning it with a DVD lens cleaning disk you can pick them up in most stores and supermarkets for about a fiver, and if it doesn't work you can still use it on your home DVD player presumming you have one of course.

  TomJerry 14:21 19 May 04

If you need to get a new dvd-rom, why not get a dvd writer, it does not cost much more. The award winning NEC 2500 only costs £55 click here

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