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PIONEER DVD-ROM DVD-106 (not a burner)

I have had no problems with this untill I updated windows...now it won't play DVD movies OR my command and conquer 3 (PC DVD) it spits disc back out

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  • Cylix May 11, 2008

    no not recently I am using a genuine copy of windows XP MCE I understand there is a new service pack out (sp3) however reviewing all the data enclosed (something you do when the download is over a gig and your on dial up) all they are, are security updates....no this problem happened when windows media player updated...BIG mistake updating windows media player...what has me confused is that it will read pretty much any disc I put in the slot feed drive...with the exception of command and conquer 3 (tiberium wars) which I might add is in pristine condition...the disc is perfectly clean not a scratch on it... so yeah I am a bit reluctant to download SP3 when it would take me the lions share of a week to get it... however I don't see a bundle of security updates fixing why this drive keeps spitting the disc out at me...

  • Cylix May 11, 2008

    that would be no dvd movies at all something about an encoder or what not... I didn't get an error it just tried reading disc then spit it out (the game) does the same to all dvd movie discs....(in responce to roblW)

  • Cylix May 11, 2008

    no I have not updated it from sp2 ( newest one is sp3 I believe) SP2 I updated to from clean install of XP MCE and thats as far as I was willing to go after two days of dial up "updateing"

  • Cylix May 11, 2008

    BTW ran that test utility and the encoder that is there isn't compatable with windows media player 10 (I have wmp 11 according to the help and about menu) honestly I can care less if it plays DVD's I just want my game to run... all these decoders cost money I don't got at the moment but am more than willing to buy at a later time...

  • Cylix May 11, 2008

    no but thank you its at this point I will say it must be the DVD rom drive now... maybe?

  • Cylix May 12, 2008

    when I stick the disc in my mouse cursor does the reading deal...it sputters...then spits disc back out...no actual disc detection occurs...I know the disc is good because I put it in my laptop that does have a dvd burner drive but... doesn't meet requirements hardware wise such ram and such...it let me install and so on on that...eliminateing the disc as a possible issue...

  • Cylix May 12, 2008

    *nods* I was thinking this or perhaps iso and a virtual drive maybe? Didn't think of that before...

  • Cylix May 12, 2008

    LOL thanks...

  • Rob Wilkins May 11, 2010

    For the DVD issue at least, it sounds like you may be missing the decoders. There's a way to check this. Go to:

    http://www.softwarepatch.com/windows/win...

    Download the utility and run it - it should list any valid MPEG-2 decoders that are available, and compatible with Windows Media Player 10. If none show up, that's probably the problem for the DVDs. It's unlikely to be the problem for the Command and Conquer 3 disc, but you never know - computers can be funny things!

    It's late for me and I'm off to get some sleep, but I'll check back in on this problem in the morning to see if it's been resolved.

  • Rob Wilkins May 11, 2010

    Sounds like a strange error to me. You said that it also wouldn't play DVD movies - is that all your DVD movies, or just some of them, as with your DVD games?

  • Rob Wilkins May 11, 2010

    Did you update windows with a service pack, or upgrade to a newer Windows version completely?

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For the decoders, I would try here :

http://www.free-codecs.com/download/Dscaler_MPEG_Filters.htm

Hopefully, these will help you to get the DVDs to run without having to shell out for them. I'm curious to see whether or not this helps with the C&C3, as it does seem very coincidental that this game should stop working at exactly the same time as your DVDs stop playing because your upgraded WMP no longer has the necessary codecs...

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  • Rob Wilkins May 11, 2008

    Well, the DVD issue certainly still sounds like the missing decoders - if you run the utility and still nothing shows up as compatible, then that's probably the problem. Whether or not it's related to the C&C3 issue isn't so clear, though.

  • Rob Wilkins May 12, 2008

    I meant to ask before, but when you insert the Command and Conquer 3 DVD, are you able to browse it by using Internet Explorer?

  • Rob Wilkins May 12, 2008

    Sounds like that issue may be completely separate from the DVD issue, then, since the drive does at least recognize the movie DVDs, it just doesn't have the elements required to encode or decode. If it's something unique to the disc itself that is giving the drive problems, you could try cleaning it with a drive cleaning disc, or you could possibly try creating a duplicate of the disc using the laptop with the DVD burner. If your PC could read the duplicate, that may solve the problem.

  • Rob Wilkins May 12, 2008

    That could certainly work - I've used virtual drives with iso files successfully in the past myself, especially when I was needing to work with machines that didn't have the necessary drives. Hopefully one or the other approach will be enough to get your game working! Good luck (and good choice of game, too!)

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