dvd player wont sho data/music files

August 7, 2011 at 10:48:50
Specs: Windows XP
dvd/cd-wr will auto play movies and show files,but will not reconize anyother data or music cd when placed in drive. trying for the first time to burn music to blank cds,but windows media player will not see cd as well as windows xp to view none blank music cds.

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August 7, 2011 at 12:46:46
Does this happen to be a laptop? I recently worked on a friend's laptop (Inspiron 2200) which had the same problem. Apparently some of the drives go bad, and the DVD will continue to function flawlessly but the drive cannot read CDs anymore.

Upon searching online, it appears the Inspiron 2200 have this problem and others might as well. Someone else posted about the problem here:

Dell Inspiron 2200 - CD Read problem - Club MyCE:

iMac G5 1.8GHz "Hero" PowerPC
2 x 1GB DDR PC3200 SDRAM
160GB WDC WD1600JD-40GBB2
Mac OS X Leopard Version 10.5.8


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August 7, 2011 at 22:25:14
DVD/CD combo drives have two lasers, one reads/writes DVD's, the other CD's. If DVD's continue to read and write okay, it may be a blown laser (a sort of LED). It might also just be a laser out of alignment. The cost of having a technician look at it outweighs the cost of a new drive.

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