Hi. I'm new to the forum, and I appologise if this post is in the wrong place, but I tried to append it to the review page itself but it kept telling me to "Please Login" and having done so 3 times I wasn't allowed an opportunity to actually create a post.
Firstly let me say that the review itself was excellent - thank you - and was very instrumental in my decision to purchase this drive. HOWEVER.
I have been mega disappointed with this drive and although it cost me Â£70.00 I am thinking of ditching it - but I thought I would try here first in case I have a touch of DBS - and there may be some help available from all you nice people.
As there is only one set-top DVD player where I live, and the taste in DVD's of the people here are at different ends of the spectrum, I am forced to watch mine on my computer. (I don't mind as I'm the only one here that can use a computer anyway)
So apart from burning a few personal mp3 cd's the main use of my Plextor is to allow me to watch DVD's on my computer. But for some reason, this drive for the most part refuses to read any pressed dvd disk. All the DVD's I watch are either hired or bought for me, so they are all genuine pressed DVD's and as your review says the drive can read DVD-VIDEO I can't understand why I have this problem.
When I say refuses to read the disk I mean either in Windows Explorer (XP Home Edition SP2) - where it instead of reading the contents of the disk it just hangs, with the cursor arrow changing to a cd icon every few seconds as it tries to read the disk, but never gets there. Or from Windows Media Player or PowerDVD where it attempts to read the disk and either hangs indefinately or reports No Disk In Drive. I have updated the firmware to version 1.02 from the plextor site with no difference made, and scoured their FAQ for help and even changed the IDE driver from INTEL back to Microsoft, still with no improvement made. The annoying part is that it seems to read any other DVD or CD (even home burnt ones) properly without any problem and it seems to burn disks with no problem, but it just refuses to read most pressed DVD movie disks of which I have tried many. I say most because on two occassions it did read a pressed movie disk ok, but only twice and there was no difference in the drive or computer on those occasions.
I know I've gone on a bit too long with this thread and if that's an offence against the forum I'm sorry but I couldn't summarise it any shorter. Is there anything I can do to get this drive to read pressed DVD movies? Thank you.