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I have a DEll Laptop & my Combo Drive Cannot Read Few DVDs'

Hi, i hvae a dell laptop and my combo drive cannot read all the dvd's. only 10% of the DVD's that i buy can be read in the combo drive. i think so there is some problem with the softwares installed...

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Re: I have a DEll Laptop & my Combo Drive Cannot Read Few...

This is unlikely to be a software problem unfortunately sry :( From experience I would say the laser/photo quadrant detector in ya Combo is damaged or faulty these Combo drives seem to have this Ahem .. weakness.. The DVD's are fairly easy to replace.. perhaps ya may find one on Ebay?

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