The DVD drive isn't reading any discs, and I have tried several. It used to play & burn fine. I am sure it is not faulty discs or a dirty lens. Can you simply buy a regular computer internal DVD drive and replace it in the recorder unit?
And if so are there any special instructions to do this, or websites that show you how?
Thanks in advance!
SONY does not use off the shelf drives for their units. Newer recorders are not even built by them. They are rebadged Lite-On and sometimes LG. If this were a Pioneer, you could get a new Pioneer PC drive recorder to replace it with. SONY wants you to buy a new unit and I can bet it will be too costly for you to obtain the SONY drive. Solution, do not buy SONY, they do not care about their customers.
Some of the dvd players you can replace the deck with a dvd drive.If it has the power and normal computer dvd rom plug you can replace it and it should work.It is easy to do.just plug the old unit out and the new one in.
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If you cant play a real dvd in it, the laser is prob out of allignment or broken, if its just dvd that you burned, try changing disc type, there is +R and -R , also if that does not work try a different program to burn discs ? good program is convert X to dvd, not free, unless your good at torrents :)
From the description the new DVD driver is defective and should be returned if still under warranty. The only concern that I have is the replacement you got is identical to the original and that it is not a aftermarket product, because they don't have the same specifications as the original.
If your Drive is a CD-Rome drive, surely it cant, for the drive cant read dvd disc.
Replace the drive of yours with DVD-Rom or DVD-RW in order to play dvd disc, DVD-RW simply has the added capablity to burn on DVD discs
first make sure that the drive is installed properly. I would advise you to install it from the manufacturer's site. Let me know if you need the installation files.
Also, it can help if you can let me know if it reads any other discs- like regular discs. Try several different types- burned cd and dvd discs, brand new discs, original discs etc. If installing it doesn't help and the drive will not read any kinds of discs, you will have to return the laptop to the store where you bought it, or try to return it to the manufacturer, maybe they can replace the drive.
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.
Two things you can check. First, whenever you burn a DVD or CD you must be sure to "close" or "finalize" the disc. Often this is done automatically, but double-check to make sure. If the disc was left "open" so that more files could be added later then it will probably only play on the computer that burned it. Second, there are some DVD drives that just won't read every type of recordable disc. Ask your friend to burn a DVD-R instead of a DVD+R and try to play it on your computer. Or, check if his DVD+R recording plays OK on other computers. If so, your DVD drive may be faulty and need replacing. Good luck.
There are two common causes for these kinds of problems: software doesn't match, or media doesn't match. also, there a lack of info in here. is drive capable of reading dvd's when it is used for other purposes?
1. are you sure you got the right firmware? check for updates on brand site or on google.
2. try using several types of media from diffrent brands. some drives cannot read specific media (for instance, sony drivers sometimes having trouble with JVC media).
3. the least common, but worst option by far is a hardware problem. if drive is bad, you should try and replace it in case your warrenty didnt expire.