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My dvd drive can no longer read DVD-rw discs when it used to. Some disc formats are readable and then perhaps might be another valuable information, i installed recently a virtual drive so im wondering whether this has anything to do with it? The software is POWERISO.

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The virtual drive should not have had any affect on your DVD-RW.

you didn't say which DVD you have.
try to go to the DVD company's web site and look for updates for that product.
if there is an update, download and follow the instructions.
if that doesnt help, take it to the repair shop

Posted on May 29, 2011

  • Pablo May 29, 2011

    this is the complete dvd name HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GT10N. What i did to update it is by simply going to device manager and click update and so far , it appears to be updated. So do you suggest that I really visit the manufacturer's website and download the update from there? I also removed the lower and upper filters on the registry as that's the common approach to resolve the issue.

  • Pablo Jul 04, 2011

    i had it fixed just by spraying the lens with an optical cleaner. Never thought it would be that easy and I was even thinking about purchasing another dvd drive. Relief!

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