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Old 06-16-03, 07:42 PM
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DVD-ROM damaged?

Is it possible for the optical head of the DVD-ROM to get damaged and not be able to read DVDs but still can read VCD's and Audio CDs? That's case of my computer's DVD-Rom. I can't play any (original or not) DVD movies but can still play VCDs and Audio CDs without a problem.
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I suppose it could be damaged, or just dirty.

Do DVD-ROMs have two heads, one for DVD and one for CD? Maybe two pickups in one head assembly? Or is it one device that can handle both situations?

CD and DVD are recorded on different wavelengths and layers. Perhaps your DVD-ROM is just not quite able to handle DVD due to it being dirty. I've had a CD-RW not able to read CDs that it burned, but able to handle commercial CDs due to their higher reflectivity. Cleaning helped as it was slowly dying.

I'd try using a lens cleaner.
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I will try that but this an Old Toshiba notebook.Will try the lens cleaner.

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