Help DVD drive does not recognize disc



I am using Matsushita DVD RAM -UJ840s Dvd drive (My laptop’s DVD Drive)

For almost 6 months i was using that dirve. There were no issues.

I was able to burn DVD movies and CD without any problem. I was able to view the Burnt movies also.

But recently it is not able reconize any blank DVDs. The old DVD i had burnt before also is not recogonized. Since those DVDs are local brands i tried using SONY and TDK blank DVDs it is having the same problem.

In explorer if i browse and check the properties of DVD drive it shows used and unused data as “0”.

But some DVD movies which i bought are working without any problem.

I tried cleaning the DVD drive. Tried branded blank DVDs but no use.
I tried upgrading the firmware once not sure whether that has caused the problem.

I am not sure to what region the DVD drive is set. Since i bought the latop in japan i think it is set to japan region.

Could someone please tell what could be the problem ? is my DVD drive having problem ?


I am having the same exact problem. I have a Sony Vaio laptop.


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