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DVD drive functions wierd...

Hello.
I have a DVD r/w drive for some time now, TOSHIBA DVD-ROM SD-R5112, It used to work well, but now (I dont recall the exect point which it started in) it functions really wierd...
It can still read and write on CDs, but on DVDs its like that, It can read DVDs which are bought, but it cant read (and ofcourse write) DVDs that were burned \ empty DVDs, nor DVDs which were burned by this very drive itself, and cant read any other non-original DVD... that brand of the DVD discs i tried is supported by the drive and infact, its the same brand that used to work before...
I looked arround for drivers but from what i found there are no special drivers for the drive...
Also, when i insert a DVD to the drive, besides the fact that it doesnt read it, and really makes the computer slow...

Thank you.
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ofirkarin
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tmj883Commented:
Defective drive...replace it...T
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ISoulCommented:
Honestly, yeah... it's not a driver problem or anything like that... it's almost guaranteed that it's simply the drive starting to fail.

I do however find it interesting it can read pressed CD's but not burned CD's.

But, the short of the long is... you need a new drive.
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tkhulaCommented:
I'm going to throw my two cents in and concure.  Drive is dying.  Time for new drive.  
Drive handles Cd/s seperate from DVD's so it isn't that unusual for it to act like you describe.  
Have a great day.
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NetTechDudeCommented:
Most likely the optics have lost calibration beyound the point of auto calibration. That was common in earlier times (1990) for cd players. There were trained servicemen that would adjust the optics.
Such people have ceased to exist, nowadays. Swap the drive for a new one. That's cheaper.
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nobusCommented:
you can try a lens cleaner, but i have to agree that it sounds like a dying drive.
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B00005UPDF/203-6844603-1707157
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smiffy13Commented:
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ofirkarinAuthor Commented:
Wow nobus, i feel so stupid, i searched that damn site for a long time to find drivers and couldnt... ad sure it wont hurt to try.
As to the rest, i did realize that i have to buy a new one (i already did) but it just seemed strange, not the CD\DVD thing, the fact that it can read original DVDs, i mean, so it can recognize DVDs... anyway, just wanted to make sure there is nothing else i can do...
thanks everyone
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ofirkarinAuthor Commented:
Alright, some news.
I updated the firmware and it was successful, and now, i guess the drive is more clear about his problems...
It cant read\write DVDs at all, and it can read\write CDs like before. No DVDs at all, not even original like before.
Oh and atleast now, it doesnt get stuck for a long time, its just informs: "(...) disk is corrupted or unknown format (...)".
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nobusCommented:
Yes, the drive is dead; they use 2 different lasers for cd's and dvd's, and one of them is bad.
Replace the drive
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smiffy13Commented:
hey - I found the the firmware updates, not nobus!
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ofirkarinAuthor Commented:
oh youre right oops, im really sorry i copied the wrong name, is there any way i can give more points ?

im really sorry.
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nobusCommented:
you can post a Q in the help section, asking to reopen this Q. A mod will do it.
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