View Full Version : DVD Writer Problems - Not Reading DVDs

18-07-2010, 05:19 PM

My partner has a Dell Dimension 3100 with a philips DVD writer (came with it when purchased). She's running windows XP. Recently, she has not been able to play dvds or dvd games. The drive does read and play cds though. Before this there was no problem.

Any ideas on how I can fix this?


kahawai chaser
18-07-2010, 06:10 PM
If movie dvd's what formats are they? Did they play on the pc previously?

18-07-2010, 08:45 PM
It's quite possibly just at the end of its life.

DVD's aren't as "easy" for a drive to play as CD's are, they need to be more tolerant of things like jitter, laser calibration etc.

Replace the DVD drive, will set you back around ~$60 even for an IDE drive

19-07-2010, 07:09 PM
kahawai_chaser - It doesn't play either movie dvds (originals) or game dvds. Yes, it used to play both these before.

chilling_silence - I thought this might be the issue - just wanted to check if anything else might be causing it.