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Re DVD Player Not Working anymore on SONY VAIO

Last response: in Windows XP
December 5, 2011 11:09:50 PM

Hello, I have a SONY VAIO PC--the DVD player is not working
I was able to understand that I needed to update DVD Drivers
so far though I am unable to locate any DVD driver software
that is free
a. Do I need to get special SONY software to update the drivers?
or can one use any website driver download?

b Is the reason the dvd player is not working anything to do with
the "altering of system bios"--though don't exactly know what
that means!

c Is there any website whereby one can update drivers for free? Or does one need to pay?

Would love some advice on how to get the DVD player up and running

Regards Steve
a b \ Driver
December 6, 2011 4:22:46 AM

Unfortunately, Sony has a lot of proprietary software and drivers, that you can only get from Sony. It's not free.
But reloading XP as a "repair install" will usually make the DVD work again. Directions for repair install are posted at the top of this forum.
The DVD driver itself is not a separate stand alone driver, but is included when you install the operating system.
When you update XP, it frequently corrupts the drivers in some computers. Hence the DVD does not work anymore. Reloading XP fixes it, until you update XP, which corrupts it again.
This is why so many have turned the automatic updates off permanently.
There is another method that does not work all the time, but has worked for me on some machines:
left click start in the lower left hand of the screen
left click run
type regedit
left click OK
Now the registry editor will come up
double left click on HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE
double left click on SYSTEM
double left click on CurrentControlSet
double left click on Control
double left click on Class
double left click on {4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
look on the right side of the window for upper filters
right click on upper filters
left click delete
windows will then ask you to confirm deletion
click yes
look on the right side of the window for lower filters
if you do not see lower filters, you may be out of luck on this one.
right click on lower filters
left click on delete
windows will then ask to confirm deletion
click yes
Close all the windows that are open
restart the computer