DVD drive that thinks its a CD drive...

By hdmk
Feb 19, 2003
  1. I've had a crappy BDV-108A (8x DVD) drive for a couple of years now (it came with my old computer)..

    Recently its had trouble opening - gets stuck, so you have to pull it open :eek:

    more worringly, it won't read DVD's anymore...

    Is there anything I can do?

    EDIT: Interestingly, under my computer it appears as "CD Drive" rather than "DVD Drive" [WinXP Pro] - but it has an option under properties to select DVD region....hmmm

    I know I could just buy a new DVD drive for £30, but if I can fix the problem that would be cheaper.....

  2. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +6

    That happened to a DVD drive of mine.

    It could only read CDs and DVDs were spat back out.

    I binned it.

    It is possible it could have just needed cleaning, but I doubt it.
  3. hdmk

    hdmk TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 104


    I re-install WinDVD, and it suddenly recognises DVD's again. :p Before it wouldn't even recognise data DVD's.
  4. Phantasm66

    Phantasm66 TS Rookie Posts: 5,734   +6

    Good job you never followed my advice and put it in the bin, then.

    That could be an ASPI problem, or something similar on a low level.

    The drive in my example would not physically take a DVD, it would eject it immediately, indicating a serious hardware fault.
  5. Freezingrave

    Freezingrave TS Rookie

    This sounds like my problem, but mine's a little different, Window's says that my DVD drive is a CD Drive, and I got it to play movie DVD's but I can not get it to read data DVD's. Do I need a DVD Burner to read Data DVD's? Any help would help me a lot. Thanks
  6. mikescorpio81

    mikescorpio81 TS Rookie Posts: 293

    Sounds like u should scrap it! Or keep it 4 something to do ... open it up! Why not?!

    I bought a DVD-RW recently for AUD$60! Bargain (& thats an ASUS)

    Cheap as chips really ... :grinthumb
  7. ripken204

    ripken204 TS Rookie Posts: 139

    same thing happened to me until a disk got stuck in it so i stripped the drive pulling the tray out
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