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My drive won't play some movies

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June 23, 2009 9:59:57 AM

It's relatively new and it works well in general, but it just won't play some DVD movies. Those movies work in my older drives and standalone players, but they don't work in my relatively new laptop either. I've installed the latest driver but all the drive does is to make loud spinning noises and then stops reading the disc.

I've asked around and some people think it's region locked. I checked with DVDInfo and though a lock is detected, region is not set and the count is still unused. Anyone know the cause/fix? Thanks in advance.

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June 23, 2009 10:37:27 AM

Could be lack of proper software codex ???, try VLC media player,or Combined Community Codex Pack,go to www.majorgeeks.com ....for same..:) 
June 23, 2009 10:46:11 AM

After the spinning noise, the drive no longer detects the disc. It shows up as 'no media found'
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June 23, 2009 12:45:38 PM

I would say you have a drive that is incompatible with the format the DVD's are made in. These DVD's you speak of, did you burn them with your old DVD burner?
If so, I would say that is the problem.
June 24, 2009 2:50:55 AM

No, those were burned by other people, and I don't know their drive models or disc formats. What kind of incompatible format do you have in mind? It's weird that they run in older, generic drives and ALL standalone players, but can't in the newer drives.

Here's my current drive:
http://usa.asus.com/products.aspx?l1=6&l2=35&l3=1027&l4...

Here's the older drive:
DISCINFO VERSION : 1.6.1.6
VENDOR : Generic
MODEL : DVD-ROM
REVISION : 1.0
LOADING MECHANISM : Tray
NUMBER VOL. LEVELS : 256
BUFFER SIZE : 512KB
INTERFACE : SCSI 2
RPC2 SCHEME : YES
STATUS : Not Set
USER CHANGES : 5
VENDOR CHANGES : 4
CURRENT REGION : Not set
ANALOG AUDIO PLAY : YES
COMPOSITE OUTPUT : NO
DIGITAL PORT-PORT1 : YES
DIGITAL PORT-PORT2 : NO
READ UPC CODE : YES
MULTISESSION READ : YES
MODE 2 FORM 1 : YES
MODE 2 FORM 2 : YES
READ ISRC CODE : YES
READ BAD CODE : NO
BUFFER UNDER-RUN : NO
MT. RAINIER : NO
CAN READ CDR : YES
CAN READ CDRW : YES
CAN READ CDRM2 : YES
CAN WRITE CDR : NO
CAN WRITE CDRW : NO
CAN TEST WRITE : NO
CAN READ DVD-ROM : YES
CAN READ DVD-R : YES
CAN READ DVD-RW : YES
CAN READ DVD-RAM : YES
CAN READ DVD+R : YES
CAN READ DVD+RW : YES
CAN WRITE DVD-R : NO
CAN WRITE DVD-RW : NO
CAN WRITE DVD-RAM : NO
CAN WRITE DVD+R : NO
CAN WRITE DVD+RW : NO
MAX CDR READ SPEED : 32

DISCINFO VERSION : 1.6.1.6
VENDOR : ATAPI
MODEL : DVD C DH52C2P
REVISION : MP5A
VENDOR SPECIFIC : Oct11 ,2007
LOADING MECHANISM : Tray
SERIAL NUMBER : 200711210006
NUMBER VOL. LEVELS : 255
BUFFER SIZE : 1536KB
INTERFACE : ATAPI
RPC2 SCHEME : YES
STATUS : Set
USER CHANGES : 4
VENDOR CHANGES : 4
CURRENT REGION : 1
ANALOG AUDIO PLAY : YES
COMPOSITE OUTPUT : YES
DIGITAL PORT-PORT1 : YES
DIGITAL PORT-PORT2 : NO
READ UPC CODE : YES
MULTISESSION READ : YES
MODE 2 FORM 1 : YES
MODE 2 FORM 2 : YES
READ ISRC CODE : YES
READ BAD CODE : NO
BUFFER UNDER-RUN : YES
MT. RAINIER : NO
CAN READ CDR : YES
CAN READ CDRW : YES
CAN READ CDRM2 : YES
CAN WRITE CDR : YES
CAN WRITE CDRW : YES
CAN TEST WRITE : YES
CAN READ DVD-ROM : YES
CAN READ DVD-R : YES
CAN READ DVD-RW : YES
CAN READ DVD-RAM : YES
CAN READ DVD+R : YES
CAN READ DVD+RW : YES
CAN WRITE DVD-R : NO
CAN WRITE DVD-RW : NO
CAN WRITE DVD-RAM : NO
CAN WRITE DVD+R : NO
CAN WRITE DVD+RW : NO
MAX CDR READ SPEED : 52
MAX CDR WRITE SPEED: 52
September 17, 2010 8:23:46 PM

I seem to have the same problem. My Windows Vista Media Player comes up it tries to read it (a movie - "Gladiator" I bought from a store) and it just circles and circles and it just never comes up to play. I put in another DVD, "The Secret" - and it plays. Why does this one play and not the other?
a b G Storage
September 17, 2010 9:44:09 PM

I rather suspect individual titles making an attempt to prevent them being copied, in the process stop them from playing on pc drives.
As to older players being able to play them, it makes sense as the new drives have to comply with any anti-piracy measures.
September 18, 2010 12:52:46 AM

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