Why is my ROM only reading burnt cds and dvds

October 14, 2010 at 08:59:14
Specs: Windows 7
i have a Slimtype DVD A DS8A1H ATA device in my laptop. For some reason it will read a burnt CD and a burnt DVD but it will not read a normal or pressed DVD/CD/PC game. Also it will not burn a disc, CD or DVD.

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October 14, 2010 at 10:06:53
Try booting to a bootable factory CD or DVD to see if the drive can read them then. If so, then it may be a OS issue. If the disks can't be accessed at boot then the following may apply.

Is the drive properly identified by model in Device Manager?

There are two lasers in combo drives. One for each type of disk. The power output is variable with less power required to read than to write.

The lasers may be wearing out, which is common. Or the lenses are dirty, impeding the passage of the light. The fact that both are affected may indicate the lenses are the issue. There are lens cleaning kits available. If that doesn't solve the problem then you may need to replace the drive.

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October 15, 2010 at 00:36:27
thanks for the info. i figured i'd have to get a new one but wanted to be sure before i did.

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