Solved Laptop won't play certain DVD disc (Hunting DVD)

August 24, 2016 at 05:48:20
Specs: Windows 7
My computer (laptop) won't play certian dvd's. I have a hunting dvd here that I would love to watch right now (new) and no way the computer won't reconize that the dvd is even in the computer. But yet i can play a burn disc.

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August 25, 2016 at 08:42:52
Yup - if a commercial disk is region coded and inserted into drive that is set for a different region, it will generate a region related message. Usually advising/requesting to change the region for player, and warning how many such "changes" are left - before the drive is locked on the last region set.

I have two eternal drives; one for each of my Mac systems; Both built-in drives are set to local region (UK in my current location) and the externals to region-1 (US/Canada for when I travel there (taking the drive with me); or wish to access/play a region-1 disk wherever...



#1
August 24, 2016 at 06:10:34
you can run a cleaner dvd threw it but best be just get a new unit there pretty cheap.

Davidw


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#2
August 24, 2016 at 07:05:37
Possibly the lens for reading side is damaged/failed; or else it may just need cleaning... If you can secure a dvd cleaning kit - they don't cost much - give it try?

Otherwise as suggested already, replace the drive; although you might find it cheaper/easier to simply use an external (usb) unit? I have tested several and the Samsung and Liteon are my two preferences. Both make tray systems; rather than top loader or slots... Typical cost around £20/$30 or so - via Amazon, local PC stores etc.


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#3
August 24, 2016 at 08:24:48
Incidentally - you refer to "certain DVDs"... Does it play some and not others?

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#4
August 24, 2016 at 08:42:09
Have you looked in "Computer" to see if the optical drive has a disk ready to play? If the hunting disk is home brewed you may need a third party player in order to play it.

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#5
August 24, 2016 at 13:33:37
You could also try washing the DVD in warm washing up liquid. Use the thumb on the underside all round the DVD, working from centre to outside. Rinse off and dry thoroughly before attempting to play it.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#6
August 24, 2016 at 15:14:57
Windows Media Player may not have the proper codecs needed for playing videos. If you haven't already done so, try installing VLC Player & see if that works for you.

http://www.videolan.org/vlc/index.html

Or if you prefer WMP, try installing the K-Lite Codec Pack.

https://www.codecguide.com/


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#7
August 24, 2016 at 15:17:15
Is the Hunting DVD a commercial DVD?
Or from someone who burnt it for you?

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#8
August 24, 2016 at 15:22:00
Amen to VLC Player (#6). It can play about every video file type. However if the DVD is not seen in "Computer" then there is something more fundamental awry.

Always pop back and let us know the outcome - thanks


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#9
August 24, 2016 at 16:40:49
The original poster appears to say that the computer doesn't even
recognize that that particular disk has been put into the drive. I've
seen that kind of behavior numerous times, but have no idea how
it happens. How is the presence of a DVD detected? What must
go wrong in order for only certain disks to not be detected?

-- Jeff, in Minneapolis



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#10
August 24, 2016 at 19:44:03
Does the hunting DVD play in other computers? If not it's likely bad.

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#11
August 25, 2016 at 08:35:08
If the DVD reader is set for a specific region (N. America?) DVD labelled from another region should not play. But I think it should show a message if that is the case.

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August 25, 2016 at 08:42:52
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Yup - if a commercial disk is region coded and inserted into drive that is set for a different region, it will generate a region related message. Usually advising/requesting to change the region for player, and warning how many such "changes" are left - before the drive is locked on the last region set.

I have two eternal drives; one for each of my Mac systems; Both built-in drives are set to local region (UK in my current location) and the externals to region-1 (US/Canada for when I travel there (taking the drive with me); or wish to access/play a region-1 disk wherever...


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