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DVD/CD-RW drive My DVD drive is unable to read DVD movies and music CDs, DVD roms and CD roms work fine. Also my DVD drive is making a strange whirring sound every time I put a DVD or CD in it.

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  • corbow Dec 27, 2007

    i have a satellite A30. It has exactly the same symptoms - it whirs away, but there is no sound or picture. Also it doesnt show in My Computer as a drive. I took it to my son who works with computers, but he couldnt fix it.

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You might have to update your dvd driver. Go to my computer and then properties,then disk manager. Look for the DVD driver and then update it...You might also update your windows..Hope this helps...

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