Why does my DVD drive no longer recognize disks with copy protection?

James March 14, 2011
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Whenever I try putting in a rented or basically any copy protected DVD, it won’t play. It would before, though. My computer won’t even recognize that there is a disc in there, although I can hear it spinning.

I tell VLC player to play that drive. After a long period of time with high CPU usage, it will pop up with an error message saying something about copyright issues. I can’t remember what exactly it says and don’t have a DVD at the moment to test with.

So how do I fix this?

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  1. Anonymous
    March 14, 2011 at 10:18 pm

    And they work on other computers. I have no other dvd drive. I do have daemen tools. I will see if deactivating that works.

  2. Anonymous
    March 14, 2011 at 10:16 pm

    The dvds and player are both from the usa

  3. Mike
    March 14, 2011 at 9:45 pm

    I would try to deactivate any and all tools related to the Optical Drive and or components of it. For example both Daemon Tools and Alcohol 120% are known to cause problems with certain copyright protections.

  4. Anonymous
    March 14, 2011 at 7:46 pm

    Hi
    Possible Microsoft puts blocking code to keep you from watching DVDs if you have any DeCSS keys on your machine.

    Decrypt Your DVD's Copy Protection with DVD43
    http://www.dvd43.com/

    The disk is not for the same DVD zone as your DVD drive is configured, and your DVD drive has hardware/firmware protection. There is no solution other than change the DVD drive.
    Your DVD Player is set to some specific region i.e 1 to 8.

    Region code Area
    0 Informal term meaning "worldwide". Region 0 is not an official setting; discs that bear the region 0 symbol either have no flag set or have region 1–6 flags set.
    1 Canada, United States; U.S. territories; Bermuda
    2 Western and Central Europe; Western Asia; Egypt, Japan, South Africa, Swaziland; British overseas territories, French overseas territories
    3 Southeast Asia; South Korea; Non-mainland China ( Hong Kong)
    4 Oceania; Central and South America; Caribbean; Mexico
    5 Ukraine, Belarus, Russia, Africa, Central and South Asia, Mongolia, North Korea.
    6 Mainland China, Hong Kong
    7 Reserved for future use (found in use on protected screener copies of MPAA-related DVDs and "media copies" of pre-releases in Asia)
    8 International venues such as aircraft, cruise ships, etc.[1]
    ALL Region ALL discs have all 8 flags set, allowing the disc to be played in any locale on any player.

    Have you tried

    A) Playing the DVDs on another computer?

    B) Using a different DVD drive in your system?