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CD/DVD-RW drive still reads CDs but doesn't read DVDs anymore

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I've had my laptop since 2011/12-ish. Last year I was ripping DVDs no problem, now I'm home and want to continue the process, and none of my DVDs even show up as being in the drive (via My Computer). My WinX DVD Ripper Platinum doesn't show them, nor any media playback programs (windows media/center, VLC, iTunes). But if I pop an Audio CD in, it shows up just fine in My computer and the media playback programs. Anyone know any tips to try? The DVDs aren't damaged/scratched/dirty.

i'd prefer to not have to buy an external optical drive, but if that's the only solution, I don't have a clue what to look for, so any help there would be great as well. 

 

Thanks :)

 

Edit: i should add, it does try to read the DVDs, it makes a lot of clicking and whurring noises for a minute or so before it gives up. These are original DVDs as well, not burned copies or anything. i just don't get why it used to work just fine, and now it only reads CDs

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The only thing I can think of is that the driver for it was updated to the wrong driver? Or maybe the driver is corrupt? Maybe try reinstalling the driver for it. 

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5 minutes ago, ShadeTreeMechanic said:

The only thing I can think of is that the driver for it was updated to the wrong driver? Or maybe the driver is corrupt? Maybe try reinstalling the driver for it. 

I tried that. No avail.

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It definitely sounds like a driver issue, or a OS issue suddenly. A laptop optical drive can be found cheap on ebay.

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Can you buy a replacement drive? I did years ago for my old laptop I had. What is the model?

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9 minutes ago, bsneon98 said:

http://www.ebay.com/sch/i.html?_from=R40&_trksid=m570.l1313&_nkw=TS-L633C&_sacat=0

most any sata optical drive should work. May have to transfer mounting bracket and bezel but theres a ton of direct replacements out there. 

Ok, thank you. I can work my way around software mostly, but when it comes to what hardware is compatible, etc., I'm clueless. So that helps. Hopefully it doesn't come to that. I'm still looking through some troubleshooting steps online, so hopefully something pops up to where I don't have to replace the drive.

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Just now, reedal said:

Ok, thank you. I can work my way around software mostly, but when it comes to what hardware is compatible, etc., I'm clueless. So that helps. Hopefully it doesn't come to that. I'm still looking through some troubleshooting steps online, so hopefully something pops up to where I don't have to replace the drive.

No problem man. I wish you luck! Worst case scenario, you remove the top or bottom case to get the drive out but on the older units the optical drive is usually one screw and it slides out. All depends on the laptop. There also should be a Disc shape stamped on the plastic with a triangle pointing to the screw. 

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Well now it's working again all of a sudden. I guess we'll see how long it lasts. Thanks for the help guys. I'll keep the advice in the back of my mind for the next time it acts up

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