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Help please - some but not all dvds not reading

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February 5, 2012 9:06:41 PM

Help please

My pioneer dvd-rw dvr219l will not read / detect something like 6 out of 7 new games, but reads old games perfectly fine as well as Windows 7, driver discs, etc.

Games happily read:
-Battlefield 3
-Civ IV

Games not read:
-Dirt 3
-F1 2010
-Skyrim
-Witcher 2
-Rage

I am running Windows 7 64 bit with latest updates. The drive not only fails to Autoplay but doesn't recognise the discs when I manually navigate to them (but works fine and immediatlye if I switch the dvd to say Civ IV).

Could this be a SecuRom problem? I am running entirely legit and its a fresh build and install - everything out of the box in the last few weeks.

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February 5, 2012 11:15:04 PM

First try cleaning the disks. If that doesn't work just replace the drive. A new one is only $16.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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February 6, 2012 1:47:16 AM

All the new discs are brand new and are (to my eye) perfectly clean.

And I am reluctant to replace the drive given it works perfectly fine with other dvds including BF3 - that suggests to me it is not a drive (only) problem per se, and the new drive might have the same problem.
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June 29, 2012 4:48:52 PM

teamk said:
All the new discs are brand new and are (to my eye) perfectly clean.

And I am reluctant to replace the drive given it works perfectly fine with other dvds including BF3 - that suggests to me it is not a drive (only) problem per se, and the new drive might have the same problem.


I am having the same problem, with the same Pioneer drive, which I just recently bought.

If it supports all formats, then why the hell will it not recognize a single layer disc?
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July 26, 2012 10:21:58 AM

I ended up buying a second drive (different brand) and it runs fine. So I believe its a pioneer problem.
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August 3, 2012 12:53:24 AM

Best answer selected by teamk.
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