Acer Ferrari 4005 DVD has never played smoothly. I can read CDs and use it to burn CDs, but DVDs cause some kind of feedback or other interference that makes viewing them very distracting. It's like the computer can't quite keep up with the speed demands of playing video, causeing a choppy image, and the audio is affected too. If the movie is on my hard drive, or I'm playing it off the Internet, it works fine. It's only my internal DVD playback that's affected. Any solutions? It seems like a software problem, but I'm no expert on these matters.
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Re: DVD playback is warbling
Have you tried viewing in a different software, as i found that acer use a form of Power DVD as their standard movie player which comes installed with the system.
Try viewing in media player for example.
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Unless you have one of the very latest laptops, your model laptop most likely has a DVD ROM combo drive - which allows you to play DVDs and CDs also burn CDs/
You need to give me the make and model number of your laptop for me to verify if your laptop is capable of burn DVDs.
it might be sevral reasons:
1. Check if region code is the same for movies you playing and DVD player
2. If you using video CDs or copyed DVDs, player might be preventing to playback those kind of discs, due to copyright laws or due to different speed settings for DVD player and discks you using (for intsrance you player can playback DVD/CD+R, and you using DVD/CD-R, or mximum allowed playback speed is 16 you using disk recorded at 24, but this is in case you using burned/copied CD/DVDs)
3. Check it lens is durty. For that use CD/DVD lens cleaning disk
($6 in Walmart, if you are in US)
4. Check if movies you are have the same coloring system, i.e NTSC for US
5. Check CD/DVD for scratches, some DVD players can not playback scratched disks
Please kindly let me know if my information was helpfull for you or you need more info
The optical lens is out of alignment. This is why it will read CDs which have much larger data pits that DVDs.
The unit should be able to read and playback CDs (both production and burned) and DVDs (both production and burned). If the optics are out of alignment and exceed their tolerances, the player will not read discs.
This is caused fromt he player being dropped or jarred.
This is not an easy fix for the home user. This is something that a qualified professional needs to correct.
Jeff - If you have not changed your software configuration in any way since the last time you could successfully play a DVD, it could be that the drive has failed. You can test this most easily by taking these DVD's that won't play in your Acer now, and play them in another good computer, or a regular home DVD player. If they play in your other systems/players, you will see right away. And if the machine is that new, you might be able to get it easily fixed under your manfuacturer's warranty.
If you have made any kind of changes to your system software that could affect your dvd burner, that could cause it to not recognize them perhaps, as well. By changes I mean - installing some kind of alternative dvd playing software than what came with your machine, etc. If you did not make any software changes, it is likely a hardware problem.