Laptop randomly will not read blank disks

Sony Vaio vgn-n365e/b notebook
September 8, 2010 at 19:29:37
Specs: Windows Vista
When I say this, I mean that the F drive doesn't even recognize that there is a disk in there. However, I can hear it whirring when I first stick it in, so it's not the physical drive that is malfunctioning. My F drive does read blank DVDs, however, and other music CDs and DVDs. I tried using a couple of different blank CDs of varying companies and none of them are being read. However, other people's laptops can "see" them.

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#1
September 9, 2010 at 15:01:18
Just because you hear the motor spin up doesn't mean it's functioning properly. You may have a bad laser.

You contradict yourself a lot in this post, you say the F drive doesn't even recognize that there is a disk in there, then you say your F drive does read blank DVD's. So which is it? also, how do you read a blank disc?


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#2
September 10, 2010 at 06:37:42
Forgive my confusing explanation. What I mean is, the F drive recognizes all types of disks except for a blank CD. The auto-play message doesn't show up and the drive itself doesn't seem to think there is a disk present. However, both of these things happen for blank DVD disks.

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#3
September 10, 2010 at 12:20:17
What burning software are you using?

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