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Playback Issue with DVD/R Drive - Retail DVDs

Last response: in Storage
August 15, 2008 4:22:27 AM

Hey all,

So I've got a Lite-On DVD+R drive in my PC, and I'm trying to use it to play retail DVDs. However, when I put retail DVDs in the drive, it makes funny 'grinding'-type noises and Windows doesn't pick it up. The same DVDs work just fine through my laptop's DVD+R drive, however.

I'm just wondering if there is anything I can do with my PC to get it to read these retail DVDs properly, or whether I'll need to replace the drive to play them. If I need to replace it, is there a certain spec that indicates it can play retail DVDs?

August 15, 2008 4:40:18 AM

What version of Windows do you have? Not all versions play movies out of the box. If you have xp or certain versions of Vista you need a Codec installed to play movies.
August 15, 2008 3:53:08 PM

I've got Vista Home Premium + Service Pack 1.

Oh and also - it's not really a 'grinding' sound, but more of a rapid 'click-click-click' sound... about a second of silence, then click-click-click, silence, click-click-click...
August 16, 2008 11:34:13 PM

Fixed. Turned out that my DVD drive wouldn't play dual-layer discs. Needed a new one.