HELP! Compaq Presario 1200 XL Question...

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Hi Group: I recently bought a Presario (used) over Ebay paid $200. It was
upgraded to Windows XP Home and the memory was also upgraded to 128MG.This
Laptop came with a CD/DVD drive. The question is: The DVD dosen't work, the
CD works fine but no DVD.After checking if there were special drivers on the
Compaq site I noticed that they don't recomend upgradeing to XP (it came
originally with WIN 98 SE) All the drivers for the DVD on the site were
asking which Operating system I had Win ME or WIN 98. Nothing about XP.Is
there anyway I came get the DVD working using XP???   HELP !!

Re: HELP! Compaq Presario 1200 XL Question...

John wrote:
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If the drive reads CDs fine then XP is doing its job in recognising and
operating the drive.
There is much more required of the drive itself to read a DVD than a CD.
As I understand it a red laser is used for DVD and a blue laser for CD.
So there is one area of difference in the reading process, as well as th
the finer tolerances of a DVD.
If you are interested in the technical stuff this may be a good read:
I think you have a faulty drive.  I came across a drive that stopped
reading DVDs first,then began to only intermittently read CDs.
Hopefully you drive wont deteriorate further but it doesn't look good.

Re: HELP! Compaq Presario 1200 XL Question...

Power DVD software works excellent on older Compaqs. If you did a
clean install w/XP you need dvd software and codecs. It will NOT read
DVD's without either.

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