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Problem Playing "copied" DVD's on laptop

Discussion in 'Desktop & Laptop Computers Forum' started by chiponfire, Oct 27, 2005.

  1. chiponfire

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    I have an Acer laptop with a multi-write DVD burner drive. I cannot play some copied DVD's on it while the same disc works in a normal DVD player. Is there anything I need to do in the drive settings. Any help gratefully received, cheers. Chip
     
  2. Skunkpipe

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    is your drive both + and - compatible?
     
  3. chiponfire

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    Yeah it's says so but I'm not so sure any more
     
  4. Skunkpipe

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    Some drives are sensitive to certain brands of media too.
     
  5. chiponfire

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    I'd heard that, is it anything to do with the coating on the disc. Gold discs don't seem to work while silver ones seem better
     
  6. higenbs1

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    I had a similar problem with my DVD drive. I searched the internet and found an updated firmware for my drive which then allowed me to play the DVD-R's that previously didn't work. It also made it multiregion once I'd flashed it.

    However, this is always done at your own risk, and may invalidate the warranty on your laptop, unless you get it from the manufacturer's website.
     
  7. chiponfire

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    Cheers I'll have a look on Acer website for firmware upgrade
     
  8. chiponfire

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    Do you remember the website you got update from if I have problems with Acer's website. Cheers
     
  9. higenbs1

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    I can't sorry. I think I just did a google search on the DVD ROM drive with the word firmware in there too. Your DVD Drive may not be an Acer. More likely to be something like NEC/Pioneer or something like that. You should be able to find this with properties on Windows.
     
  10. chiponfire

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    Thanks for your help I'll try that. Chip
     
  11. KraGorn

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    One of the best sites for information about firmware I know of is The Firmware Page, where you can usually get the 'official' firmware as well as the more useful 'hacked' version for things like region-free, rip-lock removal etc.
     
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    Cheers Robin Looked on my Acer Aspire 1670 but all it said was drive was Slimtype DVDRW SOSW-852S any ideas who make this, is it a Pioneer drive
     
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    If you put SOSW-852S into Google you should find all the info you need (It's a LiteOn)
     

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