DVD drive doesn't read data DVDs

By Envergure
Jan 20, 2008
  1. I have this DVD drive that reads video DVDs and pretty much any other application of DVDs but it can't read data DVDs or install software from them.
  2. raybay

    raybay TS Evangelist Posts: 7,241   +9

    How old is the DVD drive.
    The most common failure item in a computer built in the past 10 years is the optical drive. The laser burns out, or the laser gets out of alignment, or the belt slips, or the drive wheel slips.
    They generally last about a year, but if you use them a lot, they will fail after six months.
    Luckily, they are very inexpensive nowadays. You can replace one from Wal-Mart, or Best Buy, or Target, or Circuit City, or the remaining CompUSA for about $$24 to $29 to $34 to $39. Four screws, and some cable exchanges, and you are done... if you can figger out how to get into the case.
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