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Re: DVD player in Toshiba laptop won't work
First check that it is indeed a CD/DVD drive.
Also, you didn't say whether it was a video or data DVD. Assuming it's a video DVD, you'll need an mpeg2 decoder. (Something like WinDVD, PowerDVD, or Nero Showtime, or one of the many open source alternatives)
If neither video or data DVD's will work, you may need to update your driver for the drive, on the Toshiba website.
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grinding sounds is from the dvd drive itself. Sounds like its not sitting properly in the drive or the holder that it sits in is going bad.
Either way replace the drive and that will take care of the grinding sounds. Also the more grinding sounds that happen, the more of a chance you take on your dvds getting scratches on them and going bad eventually.
Ok, you must try to re-start your machine with the dvd of recovery inserted, when it appears the screen of toshiba presses F12, and selects the appropriate bay, if on having executed the unit of DVD, this it reads the disc perfectly the problem is of Software and you solve it with a patch that Microsoft has, where you must edit the record of the machine and correct an instruction, must look for the site of Microsoft.
1. Completely remove any dvd/cd player/burner softwares (i.e. Nero, Power DVD, etc.).
2. Go to device manager and remove your DVD/CD device from the device list
3. Restart you laptop
4. Windows will then try to reinstall the device drivers again for the DVD drive.
5. After another restart, then reinstall your dvd softwares again.