About to toss my pc out the window, please help!

vbimport

#1

Hello, First of all thank you for taking time out of your day to read my post, I have tried to fix this problem for the past few days and it has me completely stumped. I will get right to it, I recently purchased Fallout3 which is a PC DVD and when i go to open it I get the following message : "Windows cannot read from this disk. The disk might be corrupted, or it could be using a format that is not compatible with windows. "

At first i thought it was the DVD so i tried it on a friends computer and it ran fine. Next I thought it might be a problem with Windows XP so i downloaded service pack 3 and came up with the same problem. After reading a million threads i realized it could be a problem with the firmware of my DVD reader, (And before you answer me yes it is in fact a DVD reader, says so on the front), So i downloaded the latest upgrade firmware and flashed the reader with success. But that did not solve my problem. Now I am completely stumped, If you have any input at all please let me know, Thanks.

Oh and by the way i have tried DVD’s and it reads them fine, it just doesn’t like the PC DVD for some reason.

What i have:
I own a dell dimension 5150 PC with Windows XP service pack 3, The reader Is A Toshiba DVD-Rom SD-M1502. Using the program DiscCheck it displays the firmware vversion and other info: Firwareversion 1012. Extra info XJ Toshiba SD-M 1502 revA/SD-C 2512. Drive region status: Lock Detected. Not sure if the last information will help, but I figure I should post all the information i have.


#2

If I’m not mistaken, this is a [B]very old drive[/B]. It may be time for a new one.


#3

Yeah that is completely true, only problem is I am a full time college student and really can’t afford to spend 150$+ on a new reader, also i checked a little deeper into that disc program and it says i should be able to read it:
CAN READ CDR : YES
CAN READ CDRW : YES
CAN READ CDRM2 : YES
CAN WRITE CDR : NO
CAN WRITE CDRW : NO
CAN TEST WRITE : NO
CAN READ DVD-ROM : YES
CAN READ DVD-R : YES
CAN READ DVD-RW : YES
CAN READ DVD-RAM : NO
CAN READ DVD+R : NO
CAN READ DVD+RW : NO
CAN WRITE DVD-R : NO
CAN WRITE DVD-RW : NO
CAN WRITE DVD-RAM : NO
CAN WRITE DVD+R : NO
CAN WRITE DVD+RW : NO
MAX CDR READ SPEED : 48


#4

You can get a DVD [B]burner[/B] for 25 bucks.


#5

i dont know where you have been pricing dvd drives. but you might want to look at newegg :slight_smile:

might as well look at the burners as they are less than $30

edit// you beat me to it.


#6

Wow just checked out newegg, didn’t realize they were that cheap. Previously i was just looking at them at bestbuy and circuit city and the cheapest one i saw was around 90$, Anyways thanks for the help I think i will just buy a new one and save myself the aggravation of messing around with my ancient one


#7

If all you want is a DVD_ROM, you can get one for $13.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106086


#8

[QUOTE=Dialysis1;2149177]If all you want is a DVD_ROM, you can get one for $13.99.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106086[/QUOTE]

The OP would be better off with a different drive. The one you link to has a low satisfaction rating and shipping is ~$8.25 making the total $22.24.

Plenty of DVD burners with higher ratings are available with free shipping for around the same price…

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=ENE&N=2010100005%204808&name=Free%20Shipping

This Sammy for $27.99 is the highest rated:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151173

This LiteOn gets 4 stars and is cheaper (after shipping) at $21.99:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827106228

I like the NEC/Sony/Optiarc for $23.99:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827118012