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I Bought a laptop from some computer shop (Its an Acer Aspire 3680). The guy that owned it didn't like vista so he installed XP on it (at the time I kinda agreed with him). I recently realized that the cd drive will recognize regular cds but not DVDs. I can only assume XP requires a driver for it to recognize it as a DVD drive (shows up as a CD-RW in device manager). I tried looking around the web for a driver or solution but couldn't (Acer's driver site is not responding).

I'd like to avoid having to get the recovery disk for the laptop, so if you guys could suggest a solution that would be great.

The website for the DVD drive:http://www.sonynec-optiarc.com/produ...mbo/index.html
Edited by Malisk - 7/2/08 at 12:14pm
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I Bought a laptop from some computer shop (Its an Acer Aspire 3680). The guy that owned it didn't like vista so he installed XP on it (at the time I kinda agreed with him). I recently realized that the cd drive will recognize regular cds but not DVDs. I can only assume XP requires a driver for it to recognize it as a DVD drive (shows up as a CD-RW in device manager). I tried looking around the web for a driver or solution but couldn't (Acer's driver site is not responding).

I'd like to avoid having to get the recovery disk for the laptop, so if you guys could suggest a solution that would be great.

The website for the DVD drive:http://www.sonynec-optiarc.com/produ...mbo/index.html
With xp, you need to install a dvd decoder. Roxio and Nero have one built it or you may purchase one separately (there's plenty of places to download them online) but I don't know of any free decoders.

By the way, have you tried Vista? If not, don't be so quick to agree with the guy from the computer shop.
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He's got Vista on his sig rig.
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sounds like a cdrw not a dvd rw
remmember these hd have the os's already on them before they get installed in the computer
the specs say its 8x though
i know my wifes laptop wont read all burnt disk in hers, i have had problems before with this. could this be your case a burnt cd/dvd?
Edited by noobdown - 7/2/08 at 7:44pm
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He's got Vista on his sig rig.
Lol, good eye.
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Still having this issue. Its also only recognized as a CD-RW in the BIOS but I found it actually DOES read DVD-movies just fine, just no type of dvd-data disk. I put a 100 percent legit Vista DVD in and DVD-ROM drive showed that nothing was inserted in the drive and also would not boot from the disk (and yes I made sure it was set to boot from disk drive).

Should I just buy a new drive?
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