My dvd player used to work on this laptop but when i did a system recovery to an earlier date now when i put a dvd in it says windows cannot play dvd because a compatible dvd decoder is not installed on this comp. but it used to work? what can i do? thanks Drew
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Re: dvd drive wont work??? or wont play?
The decoding program was apparently lost during the restore. Follow the link bellow, it will take you to the decoding software download at IBM's support site. This should correct your problem, if not let me know.
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what u have to do is go to control panel and then go to hardware and sound. then u have to click play CD and other median automaticilly and then u have to clid DVD drive and it will then work. then exit out of control panel and go to computer click DVD player, put the DVD inside ur DVD drive. then double click the DVD icon and it should play
b> Copy-protected DVDs prohibit people from copying them, which is piracy. Copying a DVD to sell or even to give away is illegal. You can play copy-protected DVDs in a standalone DVD player or in your computer's DVD drive, as long as your computer's software is up to date. These DVDs will play the same as DVDs that are not copy protected
Press the "Eject" button on your DVD player to open the DVD tray. Set the DVD into the tray, and push the "Eject" button to close the tray. Press the "Play" button on your DVD player, and the DVD will play. b> On a DVD Drive on a Computer Press the "Eject" button on your DVD drive to eject the DVD tray. Set the DVD into the DVD drive, and push the tray in to close it. Click the "Start" tab on your computer's home screen to open the "Start" menu. Click on "My Computer" to open it. Click on the DVD drive to open the DVD. Click on "Autoplay" to play the DVD.
Did your dvd rom work before? If so perform a system restore to do this follow the steps below. 1. Click Start
2. Select All Programs
3. Scroll up to Accessories
4. Select System Tools
5. Choose System Restore
Select the first option (restore my computer to an earlier time) Choose a dateto when your dvd last worked
then click next to complete.
You can always undo the restore by selecting the third option (undo my last
restore) so do not worry about picking the wrong date.
Assuming that the drive is spinning up, it sounds like the drive is unable to read the disc. Assuming this is multiple discs, you may try to take a can of compressed air and clean out the drive of any debris that could interfere with normal operation.
If that doesn't work, you may try cleaning the laser lens with a lint free micro fiber cloth, such as one that would be used to clean eye glasses.
Again, if that doesn't work, you may need to think about replacing the drive.
You need to check a few things. May seem basic, but we start with basic steps.
1) Is the drive a DVD capable drive? Not all optical drives are made to read CD's and DVD's. Earlier models only read CD's. Should either have a raised DVD symbol on the door or a sticker/painted on DVD symbol on the drive door or on the front of the drive somewhere. If so then continue. If not then you need to upgrade your drive. Easy to do on a desktop, maybe harder on a laptop (finding a drive that will fit).
2) is there any DVD player software on the computer? Most DVD players need special software to play the DVD's. If your computer did not come with a DVD and you added one later, you will need to install some software. You can try a google search to see if there are any free DVD player software out there.If you have DVD player software installed then continue.
3) Is there any conflicts in the device manager (Right click my computer, select properties, then Hardware and then Device Manager - XP instructions, if you have a different Operating system let me know) If you see a yellow exclamation point on your optical drive then you have a conflict that needs to be resolved. If all these check out then post a comment back and we will see what we can do. I would like to know what you find out.