I have a Dell Dimension 4550 running windows XP Home. I just recently purchased a new DVD drive(Sony Optiarc AD-7221A) and I can't get it to work. The first drive I tried was a Lite-on DVD burner, and now I have a Sony Optiarc DVD Burner with lite scribe. I used the drive to install Nero 8, but it won't read DVDs. It takes a few minutes for the computer to see the DVD disc, but the computer freezes up, and I have to terminate the process. The other drive I first tried(Lite-on) did the same thing. I have tried updating drivers, and completely re-installing XP. The last time I tried to watch a DVD it gave me a blue screen and said "Page file Error" is there any known way to fix this?? O yeah, I have an old Sony DRU-540 DVD burner drive that works perfectly on this computer, but the door won't come open, hence installing a new drive. I really don't know what else to do!!!
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Re: I have a Dell Dimension 4550 running windows XP Home....
Sounds like you have issues with your hard drive. go to start>run.
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"cmd", hit ok. a black screen pops up. type "cd.." and hit enter. type in "cd.." and hit enter again. type "chkdsk c: /f /r". It will say the drive can not be checked, it is in use. hit "y" to schedule a check at boot up. type"exit" and reboot your computer. let me know if this helps.
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Yes the battery pack would be the most likely culprit here. Go on eBay and buy the correct battery cells and build one using the old one as a guide. This method will save you about 50% over trying to buy a make up replacement if available. This is an easy job, just take your time, buy batteries with solder tabs.
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Burning dvd\'s is always a crapshoot when you have multiple machines. Computer drives are more tolerant on playback - the problem lies with your other, independent playback units. That is why in your main viewing area it is important that you have a few units so that if disk does not play in one machine, it will play on another. Has to do with the individual differences and calibrations of the machines involved. Store bought dvd\'s have less problems because their laser reflectivity is always higher than disks you burn, and therefore, easier to read properly. Price of the unit has no reflection on ability to properly read the disk. Sometimes and often, a cheaper machine will work better with copies - you never know.
try checking windows control panal too see if you have drivers installed. if o.k. try sound icon to see if you have ticked mute box. here's the one that got me,the dvd playing program had the mute box ticked. re-launch dvd played/media played and un-tick. good luck