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- Acer notebook DVDRW suddenly not working
April 9, 2006, 2:31 pm
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DVDRW SOSW-852S. I was using the drive without any problems for nine
months. One day, I was watching VCD in it and then it suddenly
wouldn't work in the middle of the video. After that, it won't read
nor write any kind of CD anymore. The Windows OS can still see it and
shows it as without any problems. I tried using a bootable CD in it to
check if it is the Windows driver but the CD won't boot either. So it
looks like a hardware problem.
I disabled the Windows hardware profile of the DVDRW drive. After
several days, I enabled it again and tried reading a DVD video on it.
It suddenly worked and set the region settings to the DVDCD's region
(region 3). Before, it never does this but this time, it
automatically set its region setting to the DVD's region.
When I tried reading other DVD videos from the same region, some
worked, some didn't. I tried reading DVD softwares, it can't read it.
I tried reading VCDs and software CDs but it can't read it either. It
could just read some DVDs from region 3.
So what's the problem here? Initially it seems its a hardware problem.
Then after sometime of being disabled then enabled, it seems to be a
Please help! Getting it fixed from the service center is too expensive
Re: Acer notebook DVDRW suddenly not working
It has failed. Replace it.
Alternatively, you can use a standard drive in an external enclosure,
either USB2 or Firewire, depending on what the laptop supports.
www.newegg.com has the drives and enclosures. There are also external
drives preassembled in an enclosure also.