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Lite On LH-18A1P DVD RW

I am currently using Windows Vista Ultimate and cannot seem to get my Lite-on DVD RW drive to work. Windows recognizes the drive and tells me that the newest drivers are installed, but nothing! It worked fine with XP. I have tried contacting Lite-on and that was a big waste of time. I was told to contact Microsoft? Any help would be greatly appreciated, thanks! Just like quite a few people I have seen writing... my drive is an OEM version... I build computers and this drive works PERFECTLY under Win XP but not under Vista... I can read and write to CD's and I can burn to DVD... but no copywrited DVD's will play in my drive... Is Vista trying to make us all switch to Mac OS or worse Linux?

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  • Mashoe Jan 08, 2008

    I have both cyberlink powerdvd and nero 7 installed... what is more of a concern is that I have all of my music and old movies on my new harddrive under vista and no back up as I reformatted my external under vista as well... I am worried to lose all my data if I go back to XP....

  • Mashoe Jan 10, 2008

    Thankyou - I will try that this weekend and if it works I will try to see if I can vote to have your rating increased...

  • deadheded Feb 15, 2009

    I have a Lite On LH-16W1P.  In Vista Ult 32bit. it can not read any DVD.  It can burn DVD's and CD's and it can read CD's but it can not read DVD's.  It works fine in Linux, it can both read and write to all formats.  It does not seem to matter -R or +R.  I have the latest firmware.  I use MagicISO to burn.  I have not tried it with Nero but the Windows default program burns DVD's, but not very well.


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Copywrited DVD Movies require that an MPEG software DVD Decoder be installed on your system. Windows doesn't include any because of their Anti-Trust violations and court issues.
(not to be confused with other media players, and DVD players that are included with DVD Movies, such as HOTLLAMA, and Interactive - you still need a DECODER. This is a throwback to the early days of PC DVD ROM's that required a HARDWARE MPEG DVD DECODER be installed, usually in a PCI slot, and connected to your video card through the VESA expansion connector. Nowadays, the hardware is built into the DVD unit, but it still requires a software decoder to operate).

Every DVD ROM or Burner comes with one...usually "Cyberlink PowerDVD", and now Nero's included one in their bundled OEM package.
Any version of any one of these will unlock the "DVD Movie" features for all media player installed on your PC.
[oops, almost forgot, you need Nero 7 or better for Vista. Any Cyberlink should work for you].

If you don't have one, try borrowing one from anyone who's got one. You can also go the P2P route, and download one, if you're so inclined.
Good luck, and I hope that fixes your problem!

Posted on Jan 08, 2008

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    Laird Page Jan 08, 2008

    Re-format your external with NTFS, and then copy your files to it. If you can't format to NTFS with your version of vista, hook it up to a pc using XP, and format it there. Vista will read and write to NTFS disks ( you might want to disable "Bitlocker" if you're using it).

    After your data is secured on the external, you can leave it disconnected during the process of reloading XP, if you're worried about loosing it.



    Vista sucks.

    FYI - Vista made Yahoo!'s top 10 list of "Worst Tech Products of 2007"

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