player cant read dvd

By z0k!
May 6, 2006
  1. i have got a new dvd combo has played all of the dvds i've let it play except for this one i got recently from a just plainly doesnt read the friend says it was working fine on his pc but also said that he has heard that complaint from a couple of other people as well.

    the difference b/w his drive and mine is that he has a dvd burner while i have dvd combo(i.e. cd burning/reading and dvd reading)

    does any1 has any suggestions what might the problem be?
  2. z0k!

    z0k! TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    another thing i noticed recently is that when i try to play the dvd in windows98 which is my secondary OS, it auto launches power dvd to play it but ends up with"format not supported"error and when if you go browsing in explorer its showing it as an audio cd!..wierd!

    please help me out here somebody,i'd greatly appreciate the effort
  3. detrunks

    detrunks TS Enthusiast Posts: 153

    If you're trying to play a recorded dvd (e.g. dvd-r, dvd+r, dvd-rw), your dvd rom probably does not support it - it will never read the disc. The only thing you can do is upgrade.
  4. z0k!

    z0k! TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    it is a dvd-r,but i have played many dvd-r and dvd-rw discs and i have got no problem,how come i am having trouble playing this disc.
    and i have a samsung dvd combo [SH-M522C] which boasts the "multi-read" technology and claims to support all dvd/cd formats read.
  5. es84

    es84 TS Rookie Posts: 48

    the not supported format error an be ffixed by instgalling the latest firmware for the samsung drive , it will enhance the DVd drives reading ablities for DVD r .
    you need to match the mode of the drive on the samsung website
    try this link incase u ccant locae firmware for the drive on samsung website,
    ALso check if it is a decoder issue ,

    Check this
  6. z0k!

    z0k! TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    thanks for the reaply but what do u mean by that?
  7. es84

    es84 TS Rookie Posts: 48

    I, I am ssorry for the typng error , tthat was the model of the drive , you need to match the excat model as the firmware will be speicfically ffor this drive only
    I need spelling lessons
  8. z0k!

    z0k! TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    hehe, i guess u do. :haha:
    well luckily samsung drives have this 'firmware live update' feature in their cd's.this downloads the firmware updating utility from their site i ran the utility and upgraded my firmware but that still doesnt resolve the issue :(
  9. z0k!

    z0k! TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 61

    could this be a region protection?
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