My DVD ROM drive cannot read DVDs anymore

I have a XJ-HD166S Liteon DVD ROM drive. XP recognizes it properly. It used to work fine, but somehow, it just stopped working.

If I insert a CD, it reads it normally. If I insert a DVD (Film or DVD-R) it does not recognizes it. What can cause this problem?

Same thing happened to me lately. Lite-On DVD reader. I can’t remember the model, but it’s older than yours. It seems like it can’t spin the disc stable enough. I thought it’s just too old to manage anymore… :sad:

a dvd drive has two lasers (i think), one reads cds, the other dvds, as they require two different wavelengths of light in order to read them. If one of the lasers knackered then that might explain why it reads cds and not dvds.

Actually my drive seems to read some DVDs, but not all. All the DVDs I’ve tested are original movies I’ve bought from a store. The drive I have in my other computer reads all of them just fine.

-- RS

i’ve had the same problem with a ps2 before (the infamous disk read error) where it played some dvd games and dvd movies and not others (but played cd games perfectly fine), however it turned out that the laser was just knackered.

Thats the only thing i can think of, if xp recognises it, then the drivers must be ok, and the connection must be ok, and if its reading cds and some dvds then there must be something wrong with the drive, only thing i can think of is the laser. You could maybe try inserting it in another pc if possible, see if it works, or as a last attempt before it goes in the trash, get a dvd lens cleaner kit, as it may just be that the lens is dirty.

I have had exactly the same problem with my drive and have finally decided to try a DVD lense cleaner, however, because the drive does not want to read DVD’s it will not read this disc to start the cleaning process!

No, that won’t really help (the cleaner) in this case. I actually OPENED my drive and used alcohol to clean the lens… didn’t help.

The problem is 100% that the DVD laser has failed or is failing.

Oddly enough, in my wife’s DVD-ROM/CDRW combo, her CD read laser is failing. It still writes CD’s and reads DVD’s, but doesn’t read CD’s.

So I put my Liteon 166 in her machine to read CD’s! LOL!

why does this happen? I would have thought that DVD drives nowadays would be cut out for normal use, because i have mainly been using my other drive, if i replace it is the drive likely to muck up again 6months down the line

It happens because of cheap parts and/or normal variances.

For example, Sony is well known for using the WORST LASERS IN THE BUSINESS in the Playstations. Sony knows full well that under heavy use the average PSX or PS2 … WILL FAIL … within a couple years. Every single one. There are some that survive, but not many.

Go look on eBay. It’s FULL of PS2’s. And MOST of them have bad lasers, although the ad often won’t tell you that.

It has to do with cost-cutting, usually. Once in a while it’s because you just get a bum laser. But most of the time it’s cost-cutting. Lite-on is a budget brand. For a short time they were also the best rippers available, and the best burners available. This was right before DVD burning became all the rage. The last-gen of CD burners… Liteon RULED. That pretty much cemented their place in the lineup. But they’ve NEVER been “well built” drives. They’ve always been the cheap alternative. Back then we used to tell people that for the price of a single Plextor burner they could get two (sometimes three!) Liteon burners… and keep the extra one as a spare in case the first one burnt out! LOL!

Essentially some bean-counter somewhere did some analysis and determined the minimum part specification necessary to ON AVERAGE last at least a year (the usual RMA/Warranty period the OEM’s provide). Some manufacturers use a nicer part (Plextor in the past, Benq now, Pioneer). Some use THAT PART AND NOTHING NICER EVER (Liteon, Sony).

[QUOTE=Gurm;1280738]It happens because of cheap parts and/or normal variances.

For example, Sony is well known for using the WORST LASERS IN THE BUSINESS in the Playstations. Sony knows full well that under heavy use the average PSX or PS2 … WILL FAIL … within a couple years. Every single one. There are some that survive, but not many.

Go look on eBay. It’s FULL of PS2’s. And MOST of them have bad lasers, although the ad often won’t tell you that.

It has to do with cost-cutting, usually. Once in a while it’s because you just get a bum laser. But most of the time it’s cost-cutting. Lite-on is a budget brand. For a short time they were also the best rippers available, and the best burners available. This was right before DVD burning became all the rage. The last-gen of CD burners… Liteon RULED. That pretty much cemented their place in the lineup. But they’ve NEVER been “well built” drives. They’ve always been the cheap alternative. Back then we used to tell people that for the price of a single Plextor burner they could get two (sometimes three!) Liteon burners… and keep the extra one as a spare in case the first one burnt out! LOL!

Essentially some bean-counter somewhere did some analysis and determined the minimum part specification necessary to ON AVERAGE last at least a year (the usual RMA/Warranty period the OEM’s provide). Some manufacturers use a nicer part (Plextor in the past, Benq now, Pioneer). Some use THAT PART AND NOTHING NICER EVER (Liteon, Sony).[/QUOTE]

Is there any brands that have a reputation of using decient lassers last the distance?

That all sounds good and fine but I think being over 3 years old I think the OP has moved onto buying a more up to date drive. Maybe starting a posting relating to you drive problem would be more helpful and up to date on problems nowdays.

[QUOTE=kenrunner;2429616]sometimes the dvds si not compatible for the dvd rom;maybe your dvdrom’s laser head is aged.[/QUOTE]
:confused: SI? I got my recorder brand new November 2005

[QUOTE=coolcolors;2429719]That all sounds good and fine but I think being over 3 years old I think the OP has moved onto buying a more up to date drive. Maybe starting a posting relating to you drive problem would be more helpful and up to date on problems nowdays.[/QUOTE]
:confused: OP?

OP= Original poster

[QUOTE=Gurm;1280738]It happens because of cheap parts and/or normal variances.

For example, Sony is well known for using the WORST LASERS IN THE BUSINESS in the Playstations. Sony knows full well that under heavy use the average PSX or PS2 … WILL FAIL … within a couple years. Every single one. There are some that survive, but not many.

Go look on eBay. It’s FULL of PS2’s. And MOST of them have bad lasers, although the ad often won’t tell you that.

It has to do with cost-cutting, usually. Once in a while it’s because you just get a bum laser. But most of the time it’s cost-cutting. Lite-on is a budget brand. For a short time they were also the best rippers available, and the best burners available. This was right before DVD burning became all the rage. The last-gen of CD burners… Liteon RULED. That pretty much cemented their place in the lineup. But they’ve NEVER been “well built” drives. They’ve always been the cheap alternative. Back then we used to tell people that for the price of a single Plextor burner they could get two (sometimes three!) Liteon burners… and keep the extra one as a spare in case the first one burnt out! LOL!

Essentially some bean-counter somewhere did some analysis and determined the minimum part specification necessary to ON AVERAGE last at least a year (the usual RMA/Warranty period the OEM’s provide). Some manufacturers use a nicer part (Plextor in the past, Benq now, Pioneer). Some use THAT PART AND NOTHING NICER EVER (Liteon, Sony).[/QUOTE]

I’ve got a disc cannnot be played problem with my Sony DVD recorder. It’s got me thinking might be what’s wrong with mine. Maybe the lasting distance of lasers is an isue here. If that is the case if I buy a new DVD recorder then I’d like to be sure the laser lasts longer than my old model.

I had the same problem on Win XP SP2. I just cleaned the lens and everything is fine now! LOL. Try it before you dump your DVD writer.

The OP has a DVD-ROM.

CD-ROM(or writer for that matter) uses a laser that is of longer wavelength that that used by a DVD-ROM / Writer, hence if the laser lens is slightly smudged (dirty) the device can play CDs but not DVDs. Cleaning the lens in such cases would solve the problem. However, there may be other reasons why a combo drive can read only CDs and nor DVDs. Cleaning the lens (with a lint free cloth) is worth a try as it is the simplest and quickest way.

LOL:D