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Put simply...

It plays Audio CDs and CD-ROMS but can't find DVDs anymore. The troubleshooting stuff I've read says it should be fixed by restarting the computer. No dice.

All drivers updated. Any clues?



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New DVD playing software maybe?

If all else fails, I say a System Restore back to a time when everything worked should do the trick.




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Which OS are you using?



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I'm using XP because I simply don't know any better.



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The articles/posts I've seen lean towards 2 things:
1. The laser is dodgy/losing power, reading CDs uses a different wavelength to reading DVDs. Normally I'd say that'd be if its a few years old though.
2. The lens is dirty. Cleaning things from Walmart for $10 or so seemed a popular answer.
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I've tried a lens cleaning disc, which didn't get recognized by the computer (duh), and I've tried cans of compressed air, the ol' blow job.

The computer's only been up and running a little over a year.

ANy clues out there?



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Depending on how geeky you want to be, you could rule out a hardware problem (maybe) by creating a boot CD that has a DVD player on it. If the boot CD can use your DVD drive, then you know that the issue is a software one and is either your OS or your Player software.

You could try this one Geexbox (geexbox.org) or look for a different one.



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The part Guru is talking about is the PRAM battery. Instructions for resetting it can be found here. But, given the symptoms, you probably will have better luck trying a reset of the "Cuda" a.k.a. the Power Management Unit.
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