I’ve had the Memorex 4x2.4.x.2.4 DVD+RW for about 2 years now (back in the day I paid $220 and the kitchen sink for it), and it’s held up just fine until recently, burning DVD+Rs and playing DVDs.
Now, it will not read DVD movies (of the dual-layer nature) and it will not read the Half Life 2 disc (which is a source of much displeasure ). It also will not read PS2 DVDs. When it attempts to mount such disks, it tries until it times out. This happens as far back as boot-time, so I know it isn’t a Windows problem. I also flashed my firmware to the latest version, that didn’t help either.
It does everything else perfectly fine.
Now, I do have an nVidia nForce2 chip on my motherboard, and I did read this forum’s sticky about how such a thing could be a problem, but it didn’t provide any hardware-level tricks to get around this. After all, it isn’t exactly replaceable.
So, my question is: Is there a way to get around this, or should I just buy the new NEC drive and get on with it? I really don’t want to spend more money on this, though; I’m going broke.
Anyone who explains why my drive stopped reading DVD movies gets is
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P.S. It just occured to me that it might be that region-checking is dead and so regioned-discs are rejected. I forced the region to Region 1, but that didn’t help. Still, could it be broken?