Atapi DVD drive does not play dvd's

  admironheart 20:48 05 Jul 2008


I have an old computer that I am trying to make usable. For a couple years the DVD drive has not played plays pc games and cd music.

I have uploaded
XP Service Pack 2
Windows Media Player 11
Purchased a dvd decoder from Intervideo

still no luck.
The drive is labeled as a dvd, but under properties it is labeled as:

Type: CD Drive
File System: Unknown

Ive read a little on the forums and the net and have downloaded a few softwares suggested to other luck

any thoughts?



  skidzy 21:51 05 Jul 2008

Try VLC,this will play almost anything and free click here

You are positive its a least a dvd rom drive ?

There are a few things you can try;

First,run this tool from Doug Knox click here

  admironheart 22:44 05 Jul 2008

well is used to play dvd movies when we got the computer back in 2003. And that tool was one of the downloads I already experimented with.

since I just purchased the decoder....Im hoping to get it to work properly if I can


  ambra4 03:04 06 Jul 2008

Try updating the firmware on the DVD drive

  admironheart 14:16 06 Jul 2008

firmware? what is that.

When I was using the troubleshooter I noticed that the 2 dvd decoders on the computer did not support/compatible with windows media player 10....and since I have version 11 I assumed that was the that I purchased InterVideo's MP3+DVD Xpack...hoping to get it to work...will try to look at this firmware



  skidzy 14:29 06 Jul 2008

Maybe worth installing the codec pack to see if you have missing or damaged codecs click here

  ambra4 14:35 06 Jul 2008

Find the make and model # of the DVD drive it should be on the drive go to the manufacture web

site and see if there is a firmware upgrade for the DVD drive

Example of Firmware For: LiteOn DVD SOHD-16P9SV

click here

Firmware Upgrade Program Run Under Windows

Make sure your drive's model name by inspecting the safety label on top of your drive.

Download the ZIP file with correct model name.

Please unzip the downloaded ZIP file.

Please close all applications under Windows.

Please make sure to keep power supplier without any interruption during upgrade.

Execute the firmware upgrade execution file.

Select the drive you want to upgrade (if you have more than one LITE-ON drives).

Upgrading (No power interruption).

Reboot your PC to see if the firmware has been changed.

  admironheart 21:25 06 Jul 2008

I got this info from the Intervideo Navigator tool:

4.0 DXVA B11.389
Info not available
Info not available
Info not available
Name: AMD Athlon(tm) XP 2600+
Family:6(Gen:7) Model:8 Stepping:1
Standard Feature: 0x0383fbff
Instruction support:
Intel MMX: Enabled
Intel SSE: Enabled
Intel SSE2: Not enabled
AMD 3DNow!: Enabled
AMD Enh 3DNow!: Enabled
AMD 3DNow! Pro: Enabled

Am looking into a firmware identifier and downloader from these 2 sites:

click here


click here

are these ok?

thanks for the suggestions


  ambra4 21:30 06 Jul 2008

What is the brand and model #?

  admironheart 21:41 06 Jul 2008

atapi dvdrom 16x

driver version: 5.1.2535.0

it does not have a label on top of the dvd drive


  ambra4 21:52 06 Jul 2008

Would suggest that you use only the first site that you listed and follow the instruction in step 1

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