DVD drive will write but not read dvd disks

Intel / D975xbx2
April 25, 2011 at 09:08:17
Specs: Microsoft Windows XP Professional, 2.4 GHz / 3325 MB
I've been trying to figure out this problem for months now.
My DVD drive stopped reading DVDs (yes it can read CDs).
The weird thing is, it will write DVDs with no problem (which I can view on my TV DVD Player).
But it just won't read DVDs,
I cleaned the lens several times, removed the drive from Device manager, installed new decoding software ect. Nothing works. Sometimes the drive will spin as it is trying to read it, but nothing comes from it.

At this point, I'm starting to think it might be a software conflict as I installed so many stuff since day one but I can't figure it out.

Any help would be oh so greatly appreciated.


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#1
April 25, 2011 at 10:42:23
Burning and reading may be two parts and not related.

You most likely need to replace the drive.

If you want you can boot to some live media and test to prove.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#2
April 25, 2011 at 11:51:52
What exactly do you mean by : can boot to some live media and test to prove?

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#3
April 25, 2011 at 14:25:29
If you have for example a Windows Vista or 7 dvd try to boot from it.

If you have some other live media like a barts pe or linux cd or any bootable usb OS then try that and test.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#4
April 25, 2011 at 14:35:38
I can boot my Windows XP DVD no problem. Actually I can read anything but video format. If it contains data it's not a problem.
Does that help?

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#5
April 26, 2011 at 09:02:57
Windows xp is usually a CD not a DVD.

Now that you say video then go and get VLC or PortableVLC and see if that can read and play dvd's.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#6
April 26, 2011 at 15:15:12
I already have VLC on my computer. But now that I think of it, a while back I use to have FFDSHOW installed and it's nowhere to be found anymore. Could that be the cause? Frankly, I didn't know why I had it so probably just removed it while removing some other unnecessary progs.

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#7
April 27, 2011 at 13:32:49
Maybe so.

1/3 of highway deaths are caused by drunks. The rest are by people who can't drive any better than a drunk.


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#8
May 1, 2011 at 07:04:21
So I re-installed ffdshow and now I can read 'purchased' DVDs but still can't read Home DVDs. Makes no sense to me. A DVD format is a DVD format is it not?
Note that I can view them no problem with my TV DVD player but my drive can't recognize them. Any idea?

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#9
September 17, 2011 at 09:38:40
i have the same problem. I created a movie DVD downloaded from the web to my HD, but my computer cannot read the disc that it created. Weird. Sometimes VLC will read it and other times not. I've been trying to fix this for months. Is there anyone out there who knows what this could be??

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