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Re: I have a DEll Laptop & my Combo Drive Cannot Read Few...
This is unlikely to be a software problem unfortunately sry :( From experience I would say the laser/photo quadrant detector in ya Combo is damaged or faulty these Combo drives seem to have this Ahem .. weakness.. The DVD's are fairly easy to replace.. perhaps ya may find one on Ebay?
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This is a problem with the reading lens in your DVD combo drive. Suggestions: AT YOUR OWN RISK Get a lens cleaner CD (Best Solution). If you dont have one grab a cue tip and some rubbing alcohol and dip the cue tip in
it. Dab it a bit so it's not soaking wet with the alcohol. Then
open dvd ram drive's trap and rub the laser lens with the cue
tip. Test now.
If al fails, you probbaly need to get your drive replaced if its still inder warranty.
the combo drive you listed above is a cd-rw/ DVD-ROM....meaning that it will play and burn cd, cd-r, and cd-rw disks. the dvd rom will only be able to play dvd-rom and dvd-r disks providing they are in the proper format. check that the disk in question is not a dvd-rw or (+2) disk. the drive will not recognize that a disk is in the drive if the disk isnt compatable. try a dvd movie, if that works then a dvd-r, if that works then try a dvd-rw +1. if the last option doesnt work then you will have to stick with the dvd-rom and dvd-r, or purchase a dvd-rw drive to install.
Your should have 24x CD-RW/DVD (Sony) with your model, if drive is reading well you may be missing DVD rendering software try Power DVD or WINDVD.but still you can only read with the current dive you have its a combo drive that can only read DVD and burn CD's, Recording DVD is not possible.