DVD drive is selective about what disks it runs into
March 30, 2010 8:25 PM Subscribe
Windows 7 refuses to read commercial data
dvds, plays movies fine, loads CDs fine, but chokes on pre-written disks.
posted by chrisbucks to computers & internet (5 answers total)
I'm running Windows 7, 32bit, generic SATA DVD-RW drive.
When I put in a DVD movie, or DVD that I've burnt myself from an image, I experience no problems. However whenever I put in Fallout 3 or BF:BC2 in there, it says "no media present, please insert a disk", the drive read light flashes and I can hear it spin up and stop and spin up several times.
I would put this down to a hardware issue with the drive itself, however this is the second drive I've installed, so unless I have a vampire disk in my collection I'm beginning to think it's the O/S that's having the problem.
I've uninstalled any drive emulators and uninstalled and reinstalled the drive, checked for firmware updates, installed imgburn which reports:
LBA : 0
Error: Logical Unit is in process of becoming ready
These disks will read fine in any other computer, and will read any DVDs that I burned on it fine (as can everyone I give them to) but it doesn't seem to be able to read the file system on any disks I buy (games, etc). I installed Windows 7 from that drive recently as well!