Originally Posted by Jerry K
It sounds like your only option is to take it to a repair shop and have it checked. Then you'll know. Optical drives do go bad more than occasionally..... especially if it's a laptop drive.
I'm assuming the drive is listed in My Computer? I'm also assuming you have compatible dvd decoding software installed?
If that's all that's left for me to do then I'd rather not and get an external one. It's still much cheaper. To get it checked it would cost £150 from the nearest repair shop - that is 100 miles away. Then add repair costs on top. It'd be better to just pay the £80 for a new one. O.o
First I'll try to borrow a different computer from somebody for a bit and take the files from the cd. I have a second portable HDD so I could shove the files onto there.
It just seems weird. The drive works perfectly fine for DVD movies, audio CDs, even making them. The only problem is when you put a burned data disc in (as in a data disc that's been made at home, it works fine for data discs for software installations).
Aye, it's listed under My Computer and the software for it is up to date.
Computer technology can be so fussy and strange. It's almost frightening that the world is increasingly reliant on it.