DVD format problems?

By thekep
Mar 20, 2005
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  1. Hey my name is mike and i am having a problem with my Sony Laptop model PCG-K25. I dont know what really caused my problem but i was just making back-up copies of my home dvd's with dvd decrypter and dvd shrink. I've done this many times in the past and nothing went wrong with my computer. Now my CD drive doesent read a blank DVD or an Actual Store bought DVD. It will run microsoft disks and play music cd's and burn music cd's but it just wont read any DVD format. When a insert a dvd nothing happens it will just think for a while and make funny noises from the cd drive (it doesent make noises when using a CD-R, only with DVD-R). If you could help me with my problem i would really appreciate it.
  2. fishhookz

    fishhookz Newcomer, in training Posts: 177

    "my CD drive doesent read a blank DVD" - No consumer's drive can.

    Scan thoroughly for viruses. Do Win. Updates.
  3. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,479   +292

    The little laser that reads dvds may have broke. Can you try it in a different computer to see if it will read dvds?
  4. thekep

    thekep Newcomer, in training Topic Starter

    is their a way to repair that laser to read anything DVD format?
  5. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 12,479   +292

    "is their a way to repair that laser to read anything DVD format?"
    No.
  6. rob13

    rob13 Newcomer, in training

    kep, did you find the problem and fix it?
    i have the same problem. no dvd action. tried to write data to a new blank dvd last week. it had an error and could not perform this easy task. after this no dvds. MP3 and data discs ok.
  7. Gars

    Gars TechSpot Enthusiast Posts: 228

    ill suggest you to update firmware of DVD player/writer
    here is a good start

    regards
  8. fastco

    fastco Newcomer, in training Posts: 1,511

    If that doesn't work you can replace the dvd-rw with a slim replacement unit.
  9. altheman

    altheman Newcomer, in training Posts: 541

    Check if your drives are running in PIO mode instead of DMA. Use Device Manager->IDE/Atapi Controllers->Advanced Properties of each Channel.

    If they are running in PIO mode, then uninstall your Drives AND the Channel they are running on, and reboot to let Windows reinstall them.
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