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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: 1,329

    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?

  2. d_brennen


    Joined: Jan 30, 2009

    Posts: 15,199

    Location: Aquilonem Londinensi

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

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Feb 11, 2011

    Posts: 1,329

    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: 1,329

    Replacing drive fixed the issue.
  5. divergent


    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


    Joined: May 5, 2013

    Posts: 325

    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


    Joined: Sep 2, 2013

    Posts: 597

    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.