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I can read CDs but not DVDs

I already tried putting in a handful of CDs and DVDs to find out if it's an isolated incident, but the results are the same. I still can't read them DVDs.

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Re: I can read CDs but not DVDs

Man if you have warranty papers try for a replacement
these are due to manufacturing damages which can be corrected only by them or experts

Posted on Dec 29, 2007

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On some of the drives, if you put in blank discs and try to open the disc in My Computer or Windows Explorer, Windows displays no contents or a blank disc. Whereas on other drives, you get the error message that you mentioned about incorrect function.

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2.) If it is working the the problem is your computer software.. BACK UP and format the drive then reinstall your windows , drivers and software, verify the drive works :)

3.) Try the drive on a different port on your main board,, If still nothing please let me know

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