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Re: Can't READ or PLAY CD/DVD in DVD drive
Many laptops allow you to detach the CD/DVD drive - if this is the case for your laptop, perhaps it is slightly loose, or been removed by Safely Remove Hardware. You could try physically taking the drive out, and putting it back in, and that might do the trick.
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This either means the dvd drive went bad which I doubt but is possaible. In that case you would either need to buy a new dvd drive for it and replace it yourself or send it in for repairs. If it is not under warrenty however it probably will cost a pretty penny.
The other reason, and probably more likely one, is that whatever your trying to play on those dvds and cds is not supported by that system.
* your "optical" device can only read CDs, not DVDs;
* it should read DVDs, but something is "dead", and the device is not performing as it should
* you need to install software to "play" a DVD-movie.
Define "will not accept" -- can you hear the drive spin the disc?
Does any program "auto-start" on your computer, when a DVD disk is inserted?
What program are you trying to use to play these movies? Windows Media Player will play some, but not others - I highly recommend Nero, WinDVD, PowerDVD or similar programs.
Question - are you able to browse the contents of the DVD drive in My Computer? Even if the movie doesn't play, you can still see the files (there will be an AUDIO_TS and a VIDEO_TS folder, which a bunch of VOB files under the latter).
If you can see the files, but movies won't play, you just need the appropriate DVD playback software.
Is this drive new, or new to you and has it worked before on your system with DVD's. Has your System been reloaded lately or been recovered from a System Crash? What Operating system is on your computer? Are the DVD's Blank, Movies or Software??? The drive is in your computer? What Brand? any Idea? How long since you put a cleaning disc through the Drive? Answer these Questions and maybe we can help... C