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DVD drive malfunctioning

My dvd drive is malfunctioning after I played a low quality dvd. How do I troublshoot this error?

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  • Salatiel Jun 03, 2008

    I am abit reluctant to use the firmware as it may damage my hardware. I'll try some other options first then try firmware. Are there any other solutions?

  • Salatiel Jun 05, 2008

    thanks I will try using alcohol first. What about using those lens cleaners used for normal cd drives?

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Try to do firmware update to your dvd.Find out the model than search on the internet.

Posted on May 30, 2008

  • Bogdy88 Jun 03, 2008

    try to clean the lens of your dvd with alcohol .

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