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DVD drive not reading DVDs

Discussion in 'Optical Storage & Writing' started by Smokey Deza, Jun 4, 2019.

  1. Smokey Deza

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 11, 2011

    Posts: 1,362

    My PC uses the Windows7 CD as a boot disk. But as per the title, its not reading disks.

    I have bought a new DVD drive but I'm not convinced it's the problem. See, I had this defection before, and switching it over to a different SATA port fixed the problem.

    No such luck this time. If it's not the drive what other reasons could there be for it not reading disks when prompted?

    Thanks
     
  2. d_brennen

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jan 30, 2009

    Posts: 15,359

    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

    So it isn't working in new drive too?
     
  3. Smokey Deza

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 11, 2011

    Posts: 1,362

    Gonna try shortly when I get home. Just anticipating what else it might be if the new drive doesn't remedy the problem
     
  4. Smokey Deza

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 11, 2011

    Posts: 1,362

    Replacing drive fixed the issue.
     
  5. divergent

    Gangster

    Joined: Mar 10, 2017

    Posts: 101

    Location: United Kingdom

    Do people still use CD/DVD lens cleaning discs on drives?
    I haven't used a CD or DVD drive for years, but am interested and wondered if it could be a dirty lens?
     
  6. modd1uk

    Gangster

    Joined: May 5, 2013

    Posts: 329

    You're too modern, its all about taking the cartridge out and blowing it :p.

    Had I of seen this thread earlier I'd of just sent you a replacement DVD-RW OP, I've got that many sat around doing nothing! Majority of case manufactures for their "gaming" cases have removed the option to install an optical drive.
     
  7. Meddling-Monk

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 2, 2013

    Posts: 655

    I have an old system where the BIOS doesn't know how to boot other than via a pre-existing hard drive or via an optical drive. It's a Gigabyte 8IRXP with a P4 Northwood 1.8ghz, so for some cases like that an optical drive is still essential.

    If anyone is interested, it's a legacy Windows 98 gaming rig, used for any games that couldn't be run on later systems. Although thats getting less and less important now as they get updates from fans or Steam/GoG. Previously used for: Star Trek Armada, Star Trek Armada II, Star Trek Birth of the Federation, Dark Forces II Jedi knight, Jedi Knight II Jedi Outcast, XCOM (The original), XCOM II (Terror from the Deep), XCOM III (Apocalypse), Janes USAF, and a whole lot of other mid 90's games.
     
  8. soulhunter123

    Gangster

    Joined: Nov 17, 2007

    Posts: 107

    What about using a virtual machine to run it? That's what I do and it works beautifully.
     
  9. Meddling-Monk

    Hitman

    Joined: Sep 2, 2013

    Posts: 655

    I could go that route, but I had the system anyway, and so I kept all the pieces together. Including Soundblaster game-port controllers for the appropriate games (some pre-USB flight stick controllers for example). I don't want to spend more money to get an old system hardware working on newer hardware to play games (conversion cables for controllers, etc). But yes, that would work just as well. :)