[QUOTE=Kerry56;2744234]^Laptop drives are notoriously prone to failure. That yours apparently died while trying to read a Disney made commercial DVD may be entirely coincidental.
There is no way to prove causation.
I suggest getting an external drive for use with your laptop.
If you want to test your current drive, use a bootable disc and see if it will read that outside of any operating system. A Linux live CD or DVD would suffice for this.[/QUOTE]
Thanks Kerry56 for your response. I have tried a Live CD and no such luck. My drive is kaput. I thank you for your advise however.
On the other hand, the failure of my DVD drive is in no way coincidental, but directly related, to the playing of a Disney DVD. As you have implied, laptop drives are not designed to go through such gyrations required for a generic driver to read a cryptic Disney DVD. The failure of my drive was the direct result of the very first Disney DVD that I put into it.
Yes there are many ways to prove causation. Put a Disney disc into your optical drive on a system that is not privvy to Disney encryption and see what happens.
NO! Don’t do that! It’s not worth the risk!!! Don’t do this at home! You may be sorry!!! You have been warned!
However, if other readers – who’s drives have already failed after attempting to decipher a Disney DVD – would like to reply, we can take a tally to statistically “prove” causation.
However, the manufacturers of optical drives ought to test their hardware themselves with non-Disney drivers and Disney (or MPAA or RIAA encrypted) discs to determine their reliability. Every manufacture will occassionaly run into the situation where their product failed when a user used it in a way that the manufacturer could not have predicted, specifically, in a way that their product was not designed to handle. When this happens, who do you blame? The manufacturer or the user?
The user in this case is Disney (not us) and the encryption methods that it uses are unorthodoxed, abusive, and neither know nor expected by the manufacturer of optical disc drives. (I wish I could tell you why I know this). So I cannot blame the manufactures, but true, I cannot wholeheartedly blame Disney either.
So I would like to hear whether other readers have run into the same kind of drive failures. Maybe Disney would then take note.
P.S. Carrying around an external USB optical drive is not a viable solution for my laptop. Curses.