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Old 12-03-2009
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Strange Problems with Optical DVD-RW Drive

I am facing a strange problem with DVD-RW drive which is optical.

I used a CD which was antipiracy protected and tried a cut and paste application while running the music on my hdd. I have no idea what anti-piracy CD performed back then.

All my region 1 DVD's still play on my DVD drive which is set to region 1

I cannot view or play files from any CD containing data or photos or audio.

I also observed some distortion in the sound and restrored my laptop to a 'last known good config' as well as did a complete 'recovery' of my C drive using mfg provided recovery tool. The sound is back to normal.

Please help me regarding this problem
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Re: Strange Problems with Optical DVD-RW Drive

As with most computerproblems, the problem can either be due to software or hardware misconfigurations or errors. If your drive has recognition problems, it's smart to check if this is due to software. The easiest way to check this, is to try to boot from your optical drive. Make sure you set your optical drive as first boot device (this can be done from your system's BIOS) and boot from the disc. Good discs to boot are OS installation discs, such as a Windows or a Linux installation CD. If this works out alright, we know that the drive works.
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Re: Strange Problems with Optical DVD-RW Drive

If you experience problems with your drive connected to another controller than your onboard IDE controller, please attach your drive to the onboard controller (onboard RAID give similar problems!) and see what happens.
Check your jumper settings. Each IDE channel can have one master and one slave drive. Normally, an optical drive should be able to work in both ways, but I know from experience that this isn't always true. Some drive don't like the way they are configured and thus give problems. If your drive is having problems being slave, try to make it a master...
Check your IDE cables. This may sound dumb, but there are loads of cases where the IDE cable that wasn't attached the right way, was the cause of all problems. Sometimes it happens that the IDE cable looks to be fitted ok, but it's not really stuck on like it should. There are even people out there, that manage to rotate the cable for 180 degrees and force the connector into the drive (this is made impossible by the form of the connector).
The lens of your drive could be filthy. By cleaning the drive's lens (best is manually with distelled water, but most people use a regular CD/DVD lens cleaner), the problem could be gone!
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Re: Strange Problems with Optical DVD-RW Drive

IDE drivers are known to be possible causes for problems with optical drives. If you happen to have a mainboard based upon NVidia's NForce2, or an Intel chipset (Intel application accelerator)and you have NVidia's/Intels IDE drivers installed, you can do two things: upgrade to the latest version, or the best solution, uninstall them, as they are known to be troublemakers in lots of situations!
For other situations (other chipsets), if you suspect your IDE drivers of making problems, just try to update or uninstall them!
Faulty firmware can be another cause for all kind of troubles. What firmware is? Firmware is software that is stored in the memory of your drive. It's responsible for everything a drive does. By visiting your drive's producer's website, you should be able to download firmwares to update your drive with. If this doesn't work out for you, the CD Freaks firmware section or the RPC1.org firmware section might be of help. One little remark: if you flash your drive with non-standard firmware, most likely, your warranty will be void!
Windows XP comes with a built-in CD writing service, called IMAPI. This IMAPI service is known to cause several problems and strange behaviour. You can turn it off by setting it to manual (start the file "services.msc" and look the IMAPI service up).
Still no go? Well, there's another simple thing you can try: delete your drives! Just go to the Control panel, choose System -> Hardware -> Device manager and delete the optical drive from there. After a reboot, you'll see that Windows automatically re-detects the drive. Now, try again!
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Re: Strange Problems with Optical DVD-RW Drive

In most cases, the cause for this problem is quite easy to be found: an ATIP hider is installed on your system. As some copyprotections check if the disc they are running from has an ATIP (part of a CDR(W) where disc information resides), programs like CloneCD come with an ATIP hider, to hide this ATIP from the system, making it possible to run backups. By disabling this ATIP hider (sometimes called "CDR media hider"), your problem will most probably be gone.

If you have an old CD burner, or a somewhat older (or recent, but cheap) DVD burner, it might be that some formats aren't supported.
Older CD burners sometimes don't have CDRW support, so if you try such a disc in an older drive, that might be the case.
For quite a long time, DVD burners have been single format drives. This means, that they only could deal with either +R(W) media, or -R(W) media. If you try to burn to an unsupported media type, you just found the cause of your problem!
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Re: Strange Problems with Optical DVD-RW Drive

The disc is properly inserted into the correct drive, and the drive is still not reading it. But don't assume that your drive is suddenly incapable of reading any disc simply because it did not read the disc you just inserted into the drive. Pop another disc into the drive to see if the drive can read it. Audio CDs are especially good because they're stamped discs, and any optical drive should be able to read them. If you insert an audio CD into the drive and it works, you know the drive isn't the problem. It's the media.

The main reason a drive does not read or recognize a disc is simply because the disc is dirty. Take a look at the backside of the disc (the shiny reflective layer the drive reads). If it's scratched or dirty, that's almost certainly the source of the problem. CDs and DVDs are fairly durable, and they can handle some fingerprints and the occasional small scratch, but they can only take so much. Use a lint-free cloth and a CD-cleaning solution to clean a dirty disc. If the disc is severely scratched, it may be beyond repair and you'll have to replace it.

Drive can't read CD-R/RW media. Let's say your disc is clean, but the drive still can't read it. If that's the case, then we're going to go out on a limb and guess that the disc is a CD-R (CD-recordable) or CD-RW. Almost all drives (and CD audio players) can read CD-R media without any problems, but once in awhile, you may burn a disc that's not readable in every drive. CD-RW media is a little more finicky. You should be able to read any CD-RW that you burn in your own CD-RW drive, but if you try to read the CD-RW in another drive, especially an older, slower CD-RW drive, it may not work.

According to Bob DeMoulin, marketing manager for Sony's optical storage devices, this is largely due to the kind of media that drives use today. If you have a fast, new CD-RW drive, you should use speed-rated media that is compatible with that drive. For example, if you have a 48X CD-RW drive, you should use recordable media that is labeled 48X. If you pick up a pack of nonspeed rated media and burn it at 48X, other drives may have difficulty reading the disc. If you want to burn a disc that older drives can read, you should use a disc with the proper speed rating.
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Re: Strange Problems with Optical DVD-RW Drive

If your drive suddenly can't read any disc, including audio CDs, there's a good chance the problem lies in the drive's optical assembly. In other words, the drive's internal laser isn't working properly. If the drive's laser isn't working, there's not much you can do to fix it. Break out the credit card and head to your local computer retailer. It's time to buy a new drive. Fortunately, this is not a common problem.
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Re: Strange Problems with Optical DVD-RW Drive

The most frequent optical drive problems usually have nothing to do with the optical drive at all. Rather, the media is the culprit. Sooner or later, you will pop a disc into an optical drive, only to have the drive claim that it can't read or does not detect the disc you inserted. Clearly, the disc is in there, so why won't the drive read it? There are a few reasons why this may happen, and the solutions to these particular problems are usually pretty easy to find.

First, you have to pinpoint the problem. Let's get the "duh!" problems and solutions out of the way first. You did not accidentally stick a DVD into your CD-ROM or CD-RW (CD-rewriteable) drive instead of the DVD drive, right? Also, make sure you did not put the disc in upside down. These seem like pretty silly mistakes, but people have a natural tendency to blame the equipment first (or the media) when a problem crops up, when in fact the problem could simply be the result of a moment of carelessness. It's late at night, you're not paying attention, and you put the disc in wrong side up
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