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DVD not spinning

When I put a DVD in, it doesn't seem to be spinning to read it.  The light blinks when it attempts to start the reading but I can hear that there isn't any real movement inside. 

Is my writer broken or does it need to be cleaned?  My laptop is able to recognize the dvd writer though.

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SOURCE: Reads all but DVD-Help PLEASE

When you say it won?t read are you trying to play commercial DVD movies or read DVD data disks? If you're trying to play movies then you need a couple of things the first being some type of player program. Real player works as does Windows media player but usually DVD drives come with a striped down version of PowerDVD or WinDVD. If you in fact have a player installed and when a DVD is inserted in your drive it doesn't play it may not be configured to automatically play DVDs. Try opening your player program and trying to manually play your DVD. Let us know if you have any success or if you need more assisted. If you do let us know what player program and operating system you have and any error messages that may appear.

Posted on Jan 01, 2007

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SOURCE: I am having a LG DVD writer GSA-4167B currently stops reading or writing disks after few runs

as with all writers eventually they fault at the lens and it gets out of line and cannot read discs, you can try the usual thing of checking LG for any firmware updates, but first:- Go to my computer>right click>hardware tab>device manager, then down list to cd/dvd drives and click '+' sign and highlight your writer, right click on it and select uninstall. Restart PC and it will be automatically re installed, try again and if no change you will need to replace the drive as they are cheaper nowadays.

Posted on Jun 19, 2007

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SOURCE: DVD Writer does not respond when DVD movies are inserted..

Check the box or manual of your DVD writer... See if it support the DVD format of the DVD disk... There are a lot DVD formats nowadays, like DVD, DVD4, HDVD, HDVD-9, etc...
DVD Formats explained

I hate them too, for some DVD works only on a DVD-Player not on computers.

Posted on Jan 17, 2008

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SOURCE: my gsa h54n dvd writer cd not reading but dvd

Sounds like the drive either doesn't like the disk you are trying to use or the cd laser has burnt out. Try the disk in another machine if you can, if it works ok then replace the drive.

Posted on Jun 08, 2009

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SOURCE: lg DVD writer can not read DVD but CD . what's the

This is a usual issue. You have to replace it. May be issue on DVD encording circute.
Get it replaced....

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SOURCE: My dvd writer cannot read DVD-Video Disc,but can write all dvds

Dear i have send a some information of your problem.
i have found some links please read this carefully.
and these links are help full of you.

The jerky pictures and poor sound quality are most probably caused by the IDE controller (the computer has an IDE hard disk drive) not being set to Direct Memory Access (DMA) mode, which allows the DVD drive to transfer data directly to the RAM memory instead of via the processor. The alternative mode is called PIO mode, which makes use of the processor. During a DVD movie, the processor's workload gets too heavy and the stress on it makes the video become jerky and the sound quality deteriorate.
The following article should contain all of the information you need to fix the problem.
DMA reverts to PIO -

First try playing different DVDs, preferably pressed DVDs instead of home-recorded DVDs, in order to make sure that you didn't just try to play a bad DVD.
Dell used to provide Recovery CDs with all of its computers, which it still does with its business computers. You can still buy the Recovery CDs as an option during the purchase of a home computer, but for the last few years, in order to cut costs, if the purchaser doesn't buy the CDs, Dell uses a recovery partition on the hard disk drive where all of the recovery files are stored. The recovery procedure is started from the command prompt, which you can open by entering cmd in the Start => Run box in Windows XP, and in the Start => Start Search box in Windows Vista.
It would be time-consuming and difficult to describe how to remove and reinstall the DVD decoder, so Dell's support suggested the easiest method of recovery from the company's point of view, and the worse method from your point of view. In any case, the problem might not even be software-related. It could easily be caused by faulty hardware. Sometimes, even though a drive can recognise and read CDs, a hardware fault could prevent it from recognising and reading a DVD.
That said, the cause of the problem is more likely to be software-related, so, I suggest using the Windows DVD Troubleshooter. To run it in Windows XP, click Start => Help and Support. Under Pick a Help Topic, scroll down to Fixing a problem and click on it. In the window that comes up find Games, Sound and Video problems, and in the right-hand window, click DVD Troubleshooter. To find it in Windows Vista, enter DVD Troubleshooter in the Search box of its Help and Support.
This MS Knowledge Base article provides other suggestions: How to troubleshoot common problems that may occur when a Windows XP-based computer cannot read a CD or a DVD - "This article describes how to troubleshoot common problems that may occur when a Microsoft Windows XP-based computer cannot read a CD or a DVD in a disc drive. This article contains several methods that you can use to try to resolve these problems." -
If you don't have the CD that contains the DVD decoder software, it might be difficult or impossible to locate. Usually, the DVD decoder software that comes with a DVD drive or PC has a condition of its licence that it can only be distributed with the DVD drive for which it is licensed, which means that it is not usually made available as a download. Fortunately, your PC uses Sonic Solutions software, which can be downloaded from Dell's Support site here:
You could also try using a free 30-day trial of Cyberlink's PowerDVD software from It is generally regarded as being superior to Sonic Solutions software and the Windows Media Player. If you decide not to buy Cyberlink's PowerDVD and uninstall it after the trial period, it leaves behind the MPEG2 codec, which allows you to play DVDs using the Windows Media Player.
If the problem is hardware-related, you'll have to replace your PC's DVD drive. DVD drives/writers are currently very inexpensive, especially when compared to the prices of Blu-ray drives/writers.

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