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My drive won't play some movies

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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  1. Could be lack of proper software codex ???, try VLC media player,or Combined Community Codex Pack,go to www.majorgeeks.com ....for same..:)
  2. After the spinning noise, the drive no longer detects the disc. It shows up as 'no media found'
  3. 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.
  4. 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=0&model=2028&modelmenu=2

    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
  5. 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?
  6. 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.
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