LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1P: Fussy about what it plays???????

By zeke3 ·
Hi, need help with the above little beasty that will on occassion not recognise what I am feeding it? I tried to play "**** freezes over" and it doesn't appear to recognise it. This happens about 5% of the time with different dvd's. I can hear the DVD trying to load with a whirr and a buzz lol but will eventually stop. On putting in another dvd away she goes??? I tried downloading codecs etc but no luck. I'm using windows media player 11. Any suggestions would be appreciated

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Does this only happen when

by ComputerCookie In reply to LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1P: ...
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by zeke3 In reply to Does this only happen whe ...

As wmp11 is my default I rarely use realplayer etc.

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A couple of things to keep your Optical Drive working

by OH Smeg In reply to LITE-ON DVDRW LH-20A1P: ...

Don't leave Disc's in the drive unless they are being used. The Optical Drive life is dramatically shortened if you leave Disc's in the drive when not being used.

Make sure that the Data Surfaces of the disc's remain clean of finger prints & scratches.

Add extra Case Fans to prevent air being sucked in through the Optical Drive openings. Dust turns into mud in rainy weather or cases of High Humidity and Mud causes Short Circuits in the Optical Drives Electronics. If you need to add case Fans make sure that you have more sucking air in than blowing air out of the case. If you maintain a Positive Air Pressure inside the case you reduce the risk of dust & other rubbish getting sucked in through the openings in the Optical Drive. Ideally you should have air flowing in the front of the case and out the back to keep things inside cool and have the correct Air Flow to prevent Hot Spots.

If you regularly use one Disc a lot install a Virtual Optical Drive and copy the Disc to the HDD. This allows much faster access to the Data and prevents unnecessary use of the Optical Drive.

Use a CD/DVD Cleaner regularly to prevent the build up of rubbish on the Laser Head.

Most of the above is only good after the event but if the drive is still working just removing a Disc and not leaving one in there will prolong it's life.

If you have 1 Disc that is unreadable or a couple while others are working look at the Data Side and see if it is a recorded one or a manufactured one. If it's a Recorded one look for damage tot he Dye Layer if it doesn't work reliably and rerecord it if possible. If you are unable to rerecord it burn another one.


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Great info

by zeke3 In reply to A couple of things to kee ...

Thanks Col will take it all on and to task

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