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How to figure out toshiba sd-r2512 dvd rom drive

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December 20, 2009 5:19:02 AM

i have a compaq presario r3000 the dvd drive is Toshiba sd-r2512. it will play music cd's and download software from software cds' but will not play dvds, purchased or burned type. What is causing this.


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December 20, 2009 8:40:31 AM

Well, it is CD writer/DVDplayer combo so it should read commercial DVD

If you've updated to a newer version of Windows and are running on a Windows driver that doesn't recognise the drive properly, look on the Tosh and Compaq sites for a new driver.

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December 20, 2009 9:36:56 AM

I tried that and for widows xp there is no tosh or compaq drivers. it says they are automatic
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December 20, 2009 10:32:23 AM

i believe fihart means FIRMWARE UPDATE

all cd/dvd roms contain moving parts etc ans will eventually ware out

software is also required for dvd playback as most older versions of windows will not play dvds by default etc
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December 20, 2009 11:16:38 AM

No I didn't think of firmware, but it's pretty good idea.

XP is quite happy supporting DVD drives so the files should show up, but you will need codecs to view films because some versions of Windows Media Player are thin on those.

For many movie formats, a simple player like Videolan will suffice.
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December 20, 2009 11:01:53 PM

thankyou again for your help, I'm going to give that a try. How would I go about cleaning the optical drive? a cutip and rubbing alcohol? I think it can stand a good cleaning.

kenny
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December 21, 2009 3:53:27 AM

Yes, hold the babybud/Qtip by one end and exert no pressure on the laser lens or you may damage the focusing mech. Clean off with the dry end.

Careful with your choice of cleaner -- test any solvent on some other plastic and see if it clouds it or leaves residue.

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December 21, 2009 4:46:08 PM

Thanks, I'll give it a try.
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