DVD drive won't work?

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DVD drive won't work?

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I recently bought a new DVD, and put it in my desktop Dell with Windows XP. It worked, so I took it out and tried another one. Nothing. Put the one that worked back in. Nothing. I'm terribly confused. I've tried re-starting the computer and still, nothing. Its about 7 or 8 years old, and my dad and I always wrote off that the DVD drive didn't work because it was old. Now that its worked and now it won't worked, I'm rather confused. Any suggestions?

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  • Oh, also, if I put a CD in there, it works perfectly.

  • Is this a commercial DVD or a DVD that you burned yourself?

    The problem isn't with the DVD drive.

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • Its a commercial DVD.

  • What software are you using to view the DVD?

    Are you expecting it to AutoRun?

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • I'm expecting it to auto-run, yes, but it doesn't. I've brought up My Computer and clicked the DVD drive, but it says to insert a disc when there is one in.

  • I see now that this DVD drive never worked in the past few years and all of a sudden it did this one time.

    Probably a fluke, and time for a new DVD drive.

    Good luck.

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7

  • Actually, it worked up until recently. And its always worked - just not with DVDs.

  • DreamerGirl

    Actually, it worked up until recently. And its always worked - just not with DVDs.

    Right. So, just because it worked once was a fluke.

    Buy a new DVD drive. The laser is bad.

    my Dells:
    Precision M6300 - XP SP3 / Windows 7 / Ubuntu 12.04
    Latitude D620 - XP Pro SP3
    Precision M6300 - Windows 7