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    Default DVD Drive won't read DVD file discs

    Basically my DVD drive can't read DVD file discs anymore. It works fine with DVD movies and regular CD file discs, but whenever I try to read a DVD file disc, I either get an error (or 5), the file doesn't work correctly, or it takes half an hour to load. If I try to open the disc folder, it loads reaaaaly slow, if at all. It used to read them fine but about a year ago it stopped working with DVDs. I didn't really care at the time as most games were CD based, but now with a bunch of games coming out only on DVD, I reaaaly need to get it fixed. Does anyone have any clue about what the problem is and how can I fix it? I'm thinking it's a software problem of some sort since it can read movies just fine. Also, when I right click on it and click properties, it says that it's a CD drive. Is that normal? If I go into Nero however, it says that it is a 16X DVD-ROM. I was thinking that it was some kind of starforce crap since I had the drivers a while ago, but I have removed them with the starforce drivers cleaner application and can't find them in the drivers list. I don't have any starforce games or anything like that AFAIK.
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    Default Re: DVD Drive won't read DVD file discs

    have you tried cleaning the drive using a drive cleaning disc.
    or the drive might be buggered, my laptop dvd drive did the same thing, in that case it may be time to buy a new drive, they arent that expensive anymore.
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    Default Re: DVD Drive won't read DVD file discs

    Haven't tried cleaning it since I don't have one of those cleaning discs. I've spent about 3 hours looking for my specific model for new firmware updates and either the download is broken or it won't do anything. I downloaded one firmware update, and its readme says to unzip and run one of the files. I did that, and it just stays there with no HD activity.
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    Default Re: DVD Drive won't read DVD file discs

    Well you have a few options. If it is still under warranty then rma it. But it is probably not so take it apart and clean the laser with a qtip and windex. I always try this method before replacing an optical drive.
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