Vista can't read or play DVDs

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    kunalashar

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    Vista Home Premium, 2 GB RAM, 32-bit, Sony Vaio system.

    When I insert a DVD in the DVD-RW drive, nothing seems to happen. The DVD light flashes for a while, then stops.

    Starting Media Center, WinDVD, etc., doesn't help. For example, with the DVD in the drive, when I start MediaCenter, I see the message "Windows Media Center cannot detect a video DVD in the DVD-ROM drive. Insert a video DVD in the drive".

    (this is a DVD RW drive).

    Windows Explorer and AnyDVD say that there's nothing in the drive. AVS DVD player says that its either an unsupported file format or an unsupported codec.

    *** The DVD plays just fine on Windows XP!! ***

    Please help!
     
    kunalashar, Jun 14, 2007
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    Camride

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    Does the drive recognize a regular cd? You may need to uninstall and reinstall it through the device manager.
     
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    Perhaps the DVD drive is old. I have an old DVD drive which I rescued from a skip (before you think anything i'm not that hard up ;)) and it fails to play DVD/CD disks which ive burn't myself.

    I would reccomend doing camrides suggestion, uninstalling the driver in device manager then hitting refresh for windows to find the drive again and reinstall the driver for it.
     
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    I had the same problem with a buddy of mines computer, and i tried everything updating the drivers, that didn't work, i tried cleaning the CD-RW drive, that didn't work. So what i did was i took the CD-RW drive out to take it to one of my tech guy who's A+ Certified to find out he wasn't there, so i put the drive back into my computer and when i did it worked, i don't understand how/why but it worked. So if all else fails try just unplugging the Drive out from the computer and plug it back in.

    Only go with this as a Plan B, though. (Especially if the drive is somewhat old)
     
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