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help w/dvd rom drive problem

Discussion in 'Computers' started by Erin C, May 9, 2006.

  1. Erin C

    Erin C Well-Known Member

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    I have only had my computer a little over a month and I am having a problem
    with the dvd drive. It plays cd's fine,but put in a dvd and from the time the menus start the picture/video is choppy/stutters and the sound is popping.
    I've tried using my laser lens cleaner but nothing has changed.

    Any help or suggestions would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Greg_S_H

    Greg_S_H Well-Known Member

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    This question would probably be better posed in the Computers and HTPC area of the forum. There are some really knowledgable people there. If you want to keep it here, that's fine, but you might want to list your CPU and the amount of RAM you have, as both might have a bearing.
     
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    Richard Kim Well-Known Member

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    I've had the same type of problem with my DVD rom drive on my PC. My sister's boyfriend is an IT tech and he opened up the case on my PC and cleaned out all the dust accumulating in there. Movies and music play fine now.
     
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    The post above would indicate a heat problem, but I doubt that is it with it being so new.

    More than likely you are having either video driver problems, audio driver problems, or an issue with your DVD decoder.

    Couple of things we need to know.

    1. What kind of PC?
    2. Have you recently updated drivers for audio or video? Even using windows update?
    3. What DVD player software are you using? Does it do it will all DVD software?
    4. Are you sure the DVD works in other DVD players?
    5. Did it ever work right?
     
  5. Erin C

    Erin C Well-Known Member

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    eMachines PC T6420
    I haven't updated my drives or anything yet.
    Its worked fine until the last few days,my DVD's all work fine in my other players.
     
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    What program is used to play the dvd?
     
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    Ken Chui Well-Known Member

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    Also, what brand and model is the DVD-ROM drive? Perhaps a firmware upgrade may be in order?
     
  8. Erin C

    Erin C Well-Known Member

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    I normally use Windows Media or Interactual players.
    I'm not sure of the player model
     
  9. Ken Chui

    Ken Chui Well-Known Member

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    Erin:

    Are you using Windows XP? You can determine the make and model # by going to Control Panel -> System -> Hardware -> Device Manager. Click on the [+]DVD/CD-ROM Drives. There are tools for determining your drive's firmware version, but we can cross that bridge later.
     
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    LITE-ON DVDRW SHW-1635S
     
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    Erin,

    What is the size of your RAM? Were you running other programs while playing the dvd?
     
  12. Erin C

    Erin C Well-Known Member

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    no other programs being used while playing dvds
    RAM is 1024MB
    Hard drive is 200GB
     
  13. Ken Chui

    Ken Chui Well-Known Member

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    Erin:

    A new firmware was released late last month; here is the download link. I don't remember if you need to copy the file to a floppy disk or if you can just run the .exe from Windows. I would try running in Windows first (you may receive a warning message box if it doesn't permit you to run the .exe via Windows; if this is the case, you'll need to have a floppy disk handy).

    If the firmware update doesn't work, it's possible that the laser unit may be poorly calibrated when it left the factory and you may need to RMA it (link). DVD+/-RW drives are fairly inexpensive to replace, so you may need to weigh the pros & cons of an RMA vs. purchasing a new drive. The SHW-1635S was one of Lite-On's better DVD writers; it's possible that you were unlucky with this particular unit.
     

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