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Toshiba allow cheapo makes to use their brand name sometimes.
So if the player is not a genuine Toshiba then there is likely to be a remote hack on the net some where.
If it is a genuine Toshiba then there wont be a remote hack and you will need somebody like DVD Chips to send you a £20 remote that will hack it.
However - many Toshiba machines will not play NTSC discs at all when first set up.
Check out the Video setup menu and you will see a PAL/NTSC/AUTO option.
Tosh's I've seen are preset to PAL but unlike other players the Tosh will spit out any NTSC discs you try to play- set it to AUTO
Check that setting first just in case that is the only thing stopping it
Here's a Tosh hack to try
1. Press the Open button on your remote control to open the drive tray 2. Press the 2 button on your remote control 3. Press the 4 button on your remote control 4. Press the 0 button on your remote control 5. Press the 3 button on your remote control 6. Press the 9 button on your remote control 7. Press the 6 button on your remote control 8. Press the 0 button on your remote control 9. Press the Enter button on your remote control to change the region to 1 for region 1, 2 for region 2, and so on, or 9 for multi-region playback 10. Press the Open button on your remote control to close the drive tray 11. Power off the DVD player 12. Power on the DVD player
If the hack does work make sure the PAL/NTSC setting is on AUTO because R1 disc might still not play
Did you buy this item as a notebook part, or did you buy another unit such as an external drive and take the drive out of it? If you took the drive out of another item, then you are going to have problems with the on board firmware. Toshiba is a nightmare for doing this.
Also some Toshiba computers do not allow you to upgrade the drive, even with a new Toshiba drive. I learnt this the hard way many years ago. At that time my new Toshiba Notebook would not recognize the New Toshiba DVD Drive, but my decade old Gateway Notebook did. I contacted Toshiba and they said they Firmware lockout new upgrades to encourage people to buy new computers.
your dvd drive has become faulty...it lost the potential to read DVD...but still it will read all kinds of CDs....try cleaning the dvd lens once using lens cleaner.... if it still does not read then you need to buy a new dvd writer... it is not recommended to repair the old one.... it will not work good even after servicing,it may work for one or two times again it will not work.... new dvd writer for desktop computer will cost around 1100rupees.... for laptops you it will cost even more.... its better to buy an external dvd drives in that case for laptops....
Assuming you have tried various DVD's & CD's sounds like a bad CD/DVD drive. These use a lens mounted on a moveable mount to focus the laser beam and over time the mount gets worn out and the beam can no longer focus so the drive can no longer read the DVD/CD. Should hear the DVD speed up then slow down and maybe a loud vibrating noise (Lens trying to focus). Can try a laser lens cleaner - you can get them at Best Buy, but if that does not work then a new DVD drive is in order. If you can change it yourself then you might find one on ebay used for @$25 otherwise a trip to the computer repair shop.
go to control panel, system, hardware, device manager, locate the drive, right click update driver, if fails, try windows update, if that fails google search for make and model and include "driver download"