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An NEC Versa L1100 has a DVD-RW drive. The drives reads CDs perfectly well, but when a DVD is inserted, the drive make a series of disc reading noises, and cycles through the same set of noises every 3 seconds. These noises never cease, as if the drive isn't properly recognising the disc.

However, if I use a program to browse the disc, like Windows Explorer, or Windows Media Player, most of the time (with the same disc) I can browse the disc contents.

Are there some settings, like disc preview or disc read settings I can adjust to prevent this (annoyingly useless :P ) cycle from occuring?

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Is it only one DVD, or have you tried multiple of them? Burned DVD's or store-bought? Is the Windows Event Log showing any warnings or errors related to the drive? Is AutoPlay enabled? –  techie007 Dec 26 '11 at 2:14
    
Any DVD. Store-bought. Error Log says: "An error was detected on device \Device\CdRom0 during a paging operation.", "The driver detected a controller error on \Device\CdRom0.", "The device, \Device\Ide\IdePort0, did not respond within the timeout period." Autoplay is set to prompt me to choose which action. –  Steve Dec 26 '11 at 16:34
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