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Hi, if its not reading anything at all then the first thing to try is by buying a lense cleaning dvd you can buy these from most electrical retailers or computer repair shop dont buy the cheaper ones as they tend not to work so be warned.

If after doing this it still dont solve the problem then the chances are the dvd drive will need replacing.

Let me know how you get on or if you need further assistance ok.

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