Can't read DVDs

  Remy Martin 16:34 11 Jul 2004

I have a Samsung SD-616Q DVD-Rom drive. It no longer recognises DVDs, whether DVD-Video or DVD-Rom. It works perfectly with all types of CD.
I don't think there is a problem with the driver. I have used a CD Lens Cleaner to no effect.
Is the problem likely to be software related or a fault with the drive itself?
Any help appreciated.

  Diodorus Siculus 16:48 11 Jul 2004

The laser for DVD is different to the one for CD; hence it can work with one media and not another.

Is it recognised as DVD drive at boot up / in device manager?

  Remy Martin 17:20 11 Jul 2004

The device is recognised OK. I was thinking of upgrading to a DVD-writer anyway, so this has just given me the necessary impetus I suppose.

  Stuartli 17:27 11 Jul 2004

There are normally two lasers in a DVD-ROM drive as the laser wavelengths are different for CD and DVDs.

As Diodorus Siculus infers, the DVD laser may well have made its last pit stop...:-)

But if you do get a DVD rewriter, get a DVD-ROM drive as well; only use the rewriter for burning purposes and the ROM drive for installing software, listening to audio, watching DVDs etc.

It will prove far more robust than a rewriter and you will get the best lifespan from the latter as a result.

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