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    NEC 2500a Reads CD..but not DVD

    Right i'm fairly sure of my problem here..but I want to try and understand why it happened, and if I really have the correct diagnosis

    Bascially I have a NEC 2500a DVD writer, and it will read CDs perfectly happily, but it refuses to read DVDs - either in windows, slackware, or using the bios 'boot from CD/DVD' option.

    My natural assumtion is that this means the DVD laser has given up the ghost..but is there any other possible cause that you guys know of?

    I figured that maybe there was a firmware corruption, so I spent a good few hours re-flashing it with different firmwares (from stock NEC ones to custom, region free/bit setting/) but with no change.

    I tried different IDE cables and chans, master/slave..all to no avail.

    In the end I went out to tesco and spent far too much ££ on a new drive ( really needed one tonight for various reasons, worth the extra £10 ) which works flawlessly, so I still think it is just a dead laser..but I have 28 days to return this new drive if I can get my old one working again So..any ideas?

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    Bit of compressed air on the lens / clean it in one of the usual ways.
    Other than that mate, probably dead
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    Or try one of those lens cleaner discs.

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    hmm not worth the money on a lens cleaner disc I think..but thanks for the suggestion I'll dig out some compressed air though, have some of that around here somewhere

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