Need to replace DVD RW on Vaio Laptop

Hi Experts

I'm struggling a bit with this one - perhaps anyone who has had experience with this can help.

I'm trying to locate a replacment DVD RW for a Sony Vaio  PCG-TR5MP as the original will not burn DVD's anymore.

I'm in the UK but have the facility to buy from the USA.

The orginal drive is a Matshita UJ-812.

After doing a load of research I understand more updated models are available but would like to know for sure before buying one.

I have located a direct replacement but it cost over £200 (GBP), nearly $400!!!!

Any help greatfully received.

Many thanks

Nick.
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
Sounds like a dead drive -- laser has apparently failed (there's a different laser for the DVD recordables).

Time for a new drive :-)    Most laptops use a standard slimline drive;  they often have an internal plate that screws on to the drive for a specific mounting technique.   I would remove the old drive first; and see if there's anything that looks "different."   With a different drive, you'll have a different front bezel, so the cosmetics in front will be a bit different ==> whether that's worth the price difference is up to you :-)
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
The picture "looks" like a standard slim-line drive.   Is it not?   If so, any of these should work:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=ENE&N=2010100005+1036508673&Subcategory=5&description=&srchInDesc=&minPrice=&maxPrice=
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Gary CaseRetiredCommented:
By the way, I presume you've uninstalled the drive and re-installed it, and are confident it's the DRIVE and not the drivers or another software-related issue.

If there's any doubt, do this:

Run RegEdit (Start, Run, Regedit) and remove the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values from the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

Then just reboot your computer.

Note:  This is a "harmless" registry change.  The filters will simply be reset at the next boot.  They can, however, become corrupted -- that's why this fixes a lot of CD/DVD access/read/write issues.

... I'd hate for you to buy a new drive and find out it was just a software issue :-)
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Nick DennyAuthor Commented:
Thanks for that one Gary.

It is a slim-line drive. This is it:
http://www.geizhals.at/img/pix/101197.jpg
Presumably, I can swap over the bezel?

Although I have done an uninstall/reinstall I did not remove the filters in the registry. I shall try that 1st then.

The problem it is having is that it will burn CD's no problem, but will now only play pre-recorded DVD's but not any self authored DVD's that were actually burned on it.
Neither will it burn any type of DVD media (-r, -RW etc). I have cleaned the lens with lens cleaner but no difference.
Exact same problems with several different programs.
I could not locate any updated drivers for it, although there have been suggestions on various forums that other drivers will work, I could not find any that did.

I'll let you know as soon as poss.

Thanks again

Nick

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Nick DennyAuthor Commented:
I have removed the lowerfilters from the registry (there were no upperfilters - should there have been?), but this has not made any difference.

Would there be anything else to try 1st?

Thanks again.

Nick
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Nick DennyAuthor Commented:
I went out and bought this drive
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16827152069
(but from UK)
However, even though its "slim" its 3 mm too "fat".
The Vaio drive is 9mm this is 12mm.

I know I should have taken the old drive out 1st, but as its constantly in use, I had hoped not to have to remove it/replace it to have to again remove and replace with a new one. Having done that today, I now know its not a quick job!!

I've now ordered this one : Sony DW-Q520A

Thanks

Nick
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