Undetectable DVD - DVD problem or hardware problem?

By mika_chan
Dec 17, 2005
  1. I am using a Samsung V30 notebook with a CDRW/DVD (the drives are Generic DVD-ROM SCSI CdRom Device and SAMSUNG CDRW/DVD SN-324F both of which are working properly according to the device manager). I am running Win XP Professional with SP 2 and PowerDVD 6.

    Until today I could play all the CDs and DVDs I had. Today I tried playing a DVD from my school library where the lecturers recorded some of the lectures for re-viewing (I am saying to this to indicate it's not a commercial product). The CD itself seems to work on all the school computers (PC) and I also tested it on my flatmate's iMac and it worked fine. However my computer does not detect it - it's as if the DVD drive is empty despite the DVD physically being in there. It just spins for a while and then stops without being detected. But as soon as I try playing a commercial DVD it works fine. So I don't even know if it's the DVD (although it works everywhere else) or my DVD-ROM (although everything else works on it).

    Please help!
  2. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 353

    My guess is there's a format conflict, your system does not like the burned dvd.
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