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DVD drive will run pirates but no real dvd's

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May 6, 2010 at 21:07:38
Specs: Windows Vista
Hey there, im trying to understand a very silly problem:

My DvD drive reads dvd disks that have copyed stuff on them like photo's and sound files that ive backed up & a few short films ive have knocking about. however when i place a real DvD in for films ( these are real disks that ive bought from HMV Ect ) it doesnt want to know it spins and makes a funny noise like its reading but not. Anything thats not real IE back up dvd disks it works fine...Why? I find it odd that it likes the back up dvd's but not the real thing... I will post more information if required:

Windows 7 user

Is it possiable that my dvd reader is the worlds 1st pirate friendly reader?

Ive tryed looking for new updates for it but there is none and i know for a fact it works as everytime i place my copyed dvd's into the drive it works. Normel C.ds work fine as well just no movie or game disks that i bought work :/

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May 6, 2010 at 22:04:16
First check your media player (windows media player (or what ever the new name is) Real player, etc) and make sure that it is windows default for all types of media files (audio, movies, etc.)
Second check the DVD player's settings. You need to make sure AutoPlay is active and the drive 'knows' your preferences as to what to do with each type of file.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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May 6, 2010 at 22:11:33
Not really the problem but ty for the reply. Alittle more information might clear things up:

The copyed dvd disk spin and work perfectly same with normel cd's bought or copyed.

The normel bought dvd's dont & dvd games like Fallout 3 and films & tv shows like The mighty boosh with no chance of the computer loading them. Im a friend of his who is posting this for him and tested the dvd's which work perfect on my pc. Strange i admit... Ty for the reply tho :)

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May 7, 2010 at 19:33:45
Have you updated the drivers for the drive? It looks like your drive is having trouble with copyrighted media. It is unlikely that the drive is having a problem physically, but is not reading the disk I believe due to (for some reason) not having permission to get past the copyright. I am not sure if it is still true, but for a long time, Linux could 'use' a DVD drive but could not play copyrighted disks since no one could get permission to translate the copyrighted code since it is open source and once the code is broken, making uncopyrighted copies would be too easy. For some reason, either your driver or your playing software is not reading the disks, try updating or reinstalling both.

You have to be a little bit crazy to keep you from going insane.

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