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Old 02-21-2012, 06:26 PM   #1
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Default Disc drive doesn't read DVD-R

Hey guys, I'm having a problem with my disc drive, for some reason it can't read DVD-R discs, it can read installation CDs and CD-Rs, but not game installation discs, or DVD-Rs.

I'm not 100% sure the exact name of the drive, but if you really need it for some reason I could find it out.

can anyone shed some light on this problem?

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Try reading a DVD movie.

If it's an older drive, it might not be able to read DVDs.
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Old 02-21-2012, 06:59 PM   #3
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Try reading a DVD movie.

If it's an older drive, it might not be able to read DVDs.
You're right, the DVD didn't work. Which sucks, because this computer is only a little over a year old.

The info on device manager says the driver date is 6/21/2006, would that mean it is that old of a drive? I ordered this computer from Velocity Micro around November of 2010.

If the drive is just incompatable, could you point me in the direction of a newer one? (preferably something cheap.) or just tell me what I'm looking for in a drive.

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Any idea what the interface of the drive is? You can open the case and see if there is a flat, wide cable coming out of it. Better yet, take a picture and post it.
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Any idea what the interface of the drive is? You can open the case and see if there is a flat, wide cable coming out of it. Better yet, take a picture and post it.
I opened the case, but the drive itself is in a weird spot, so I couldn't take a good picture, but to my knowledge it doesn't have a wide flat cable coming out of it, I saw a black cable, and another cable. The drive says on it "Lighscribe DVD Multi Recorder"

It looks extremely close/exactly like this:
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If that is your drive, then you should have no problem reading DVDs as that drive is capable of writing DVDs. See if you can find a better driver because the computer probably thinks that it is a CD-ROM.
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If that is your drive, then you should have no problem reading DVDs as that drive is capable of writing DVDs. See if you can find a better driver because the computer probably thinks that it is a CD-ROM.
I'm not completely sure what to search to find a driver, all I know about it is what I said in the above post.
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Uninstall the drive using device manager and restart the computer. See if the computer correctly recognizes it.
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