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Sony DVD-RW DW-D56A drive playing up

Hello,
I am currently running both Windows XP and Vista on my laptop and find it quite strange that I have the following problems on BOTH operating systems:

1) Inserting a blank DVD makes my drive show up as "CD drive".

2) Inserting a video DVD makes things crash. The drive doesn't sound like it will "spin up". However, going into VLC media player and loading the disc allows me to play it.

3) Data discs won't load. I again get the failure of the drive to "spin up", and I have to eject it to stop things from freezing.

4) In safe mode for Vista and XP, the drive will detect all discs fine. I can open them up and explore them...EXCEPT DVD's...they still won't work properly unless played in VLC player.

I would be very grateful to any sort of help on this because it has me baffled! I thought it was a hardware issue to begin with...but after seeing that I can get various discs to work, I am led to believe it is a software issue.

Thanks in advance.

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I am not posting a solution, but may be the same problem.
I have dell inspiron 510m with DVD - RW sony A 56
It had burnt one DVD till now, but it can NOT burn any more DVDs.
I have tried burning using windows XP-SP2, Nero 6, Nero 8, burn my files 3.01 BUT no use. The only thing I got is different error messages.
I changed many types of DVD-Rom, from sony, benq..trying to rule out the storge media itself as source of error, but again no use.
Astonishingly, it works a CD-ROM Burner very well.
Any suggestions?

Posted on Aug 06, 2008

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