Why does my laptop have a dvd rom but cant play dvds

my dvd drive (samsung cd-rom SN-124) Will play a cd but will not let me watch a dvd movie! what do i need to do to make my cd rom drive open and play dvd movies?
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More about laptop play dvds
  1. does it read CD?

    do you have a movie play like VLC installed?
  2. You need to have the correct codec installed as Microsoft does not ship one. You could install the k-lite codec pack or a 3rd party player such as VLC.
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