DvD-rom won't read/play DvD's

December 30, 2004 at 12:59:57
Specs: Windows xp Sp2, 448mb

On this Toshiba satellite the dvd-rom will not read dvd's when I put them in. The cd tray light will blink in a constant interval with no sound of spin and then the light stays solidly on. Viewing the drive from windows explorer only shows a blank drive, as if I put a blank cd inside.

The DvD-rom is TEAC DW-224E-B. I've been scouring google for the past few hours and I've found one vague reference to this same problem but had no clear solution or anything technical. It only alluded to the drive being unfixable. The funny thing is that it read the last Audio cd I put in, but beyond that it won't register DvD's. It'll be a damn shame to have to send this back for a replacement.


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December 30, 2004 at 13:03:58

Well.. I had the same problem..mine would play music CD's but not DVDs had to get drive replaced... is the DVD good?


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December 30, 2004 at 13:05:02

Well.. never mind.. if there isnt any spin then the DVD cant be the problem..sorry.. lol.. but anyway i had the same exact problem..


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December 30, 2004 at 13:11:29

There are two lasers inside your drive. The DVD laser may be dirty or burned out. Did the drive ever read DVDs? If so, try one of the exact disks that it has read before. If not, then maybe the region has never been set.

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December 30, 2004 at 13:24:00

It did read DvD's and trying to replay the same DvD's it did played fails. Any instructions on cleaning the laser to rule that out?

Thanks a ton guys, I should have come here first, would have saved me hours.

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December 30, 2004 at 13:46:40

get a cd/dvd disk cleaner


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January 8, 2005 at 16:20:25

i have a similar problem: i had an old e-machines comp. then built myself a new one. i took the dvd drive out of my old computer, where it read DVDs, but ever since i put it in my new computer, it wont read DVDs, but will read CDs.

It is the pri master. Slave is a CD-rw i installed into my old computer. Dvd drive worked with that before


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