Problem reading DVD-Roms on a NEC drive

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#1

Hi there,. I’ve been having problems with my NEC ND-4551a drive. It plays most format’s just fine, but some DVD-Rom’s won be recognized by the drive. It just clicks once or twice, but fails to spin or anything, and after a while simply tells me the drive is empty. On some of those it fails to recognise it will work if I just try repeatedly, but on others it fails to work at all. I’m sure the discs I’m using are in perfect condition (tried it on a different comp), Is there any way to fix this?


#2

Welcome to the forum :slight_smile:

How long have you had the drive?

I have a 4551A that I’ve owned for quite a few years now, and it’s one of my pickier drives for reading.


#3

Oh, three years or so, I never noticed any problems for a good long while, but newer DVD’s seem to give it trouble. The current major offenders are the PCGamer cover discs and STALKER call of Pripyat.


#4

Do the discs work OK on a different drive? (EDIT: I ask because I’m not sure if you meant you’d tried the drive on a different comp, or the discs).

If only those discs are affected, I would say it’s either the drive being picky, as I’ve experienced, or the drive showing it’s age (hopefully it’s the first one).


#5

Oh, sorry for not making that clear, I tried the discs, not the drive…
Any solution apparent?


#6

Oh sorry and the latest firmware is intalled, in case that helps.


#7

Firmware shouldn’t really make much difference to reading, it’s mainly to support newer media/include improved write strategies etc. Although being up to date never does any harm :wink:

Only things I can think of, would be to give the problem discs a real good clean, or to maybe try a lens cleaner on the drive.

But personally, I wouldn’t bother with cleaning the lens since it’s just selected discs, sounds like your drive just doesn’t get on with those particular discs.

Of course, an option for the future - should your NEC get stuck on more discs - might be to grab a drive that’s a more tolerant reader (such as a LiteOn or Samsung drive), to sit alongside your NEC.


#8

I’m sure the discs are clean (brand new) so I guess I better get another drive. Thanks for your help.


#9

You’re welcome. :slight_smile: