In my Dell Dimension 8300 I have :- a _NEC DVD+RW ND-1100A and a HL-DT-ST DVD-ROM GDR8162B, both with windows XP drivers.
My problem is that I can read CDs that I have got off magazines etc but if I put a DVD in either of the drives my system freezes and I have to hold in the power switch and restart the machine.
I have not tried a movie yet but the DVDs that I have tried to access are the free ones on PC Advisor magazine and the Installation disc for "MyDVD" which came with the computer. Just to put you in the picture I have just re-installed XP from the supplied disc (I bought my 8300 in July 2003) and have had no problems with the Utilities CDs but only DVDs.
I downloaded and installed the chipset driver and also the drivers on the supplied utility disc and I have just downloaded R59801 for the 1100a DVD drive. I was able to load one DVD from PC Advisor and installed Skybot-Search and Destroy off it. When I tried reading another DVD from the same mag my computer just froze up before.
I can load from a DVD when I first start but if I try a second time (Even with the same DVD) the machine freezes. HELP!!!