Update DVD Drivers for Windows XP, Vista and Windows 7

Introduction

You don’t need to be a tech geek to understand the three-letter abbreviation. After all, since its popularization in the early 1990’s, the Digital Video Disc (or “DVD”) has become the standard video storage medium embraced by the new generation’s top professionals, avid video collectors (those Gleeks and VD fanatics!) and generally everyone in the video-editing, video-making and video-watching sphere of the globe. Some of the more popular brands here are Altec LansingAcer and Compaq.

It comes as no surprise then that PC companies today have discarded the floppy disk drive for the DVD drive. In fact, over the past decade, in the course of implementing the scheme of equipping PCs with DVD drives, major companies have duelled in the ensuing “DVD driver format war” with hopes held high in monopolizing the market with their own custom DVD drivers.

And while we have moved past the stage of DVD format wars, the fact remains that today’s Digital Video Disc drives are still very much susceptible to  more or less the same device conflict problems and disk reading errors encountered in the yesteryear.

In the end, it still pays to know how to troubleshoot such problems in case they strike big time on your DVD drive.

Common Problems

There is no mistaking it:  problems with DVD drivers do happen. The good news, however, is that these problems can be tracked easily.

Most of the time, issues simply revolve around a failure to read data (or write data, for that matter) from the DVD-drive, as well as system failure in detecting the DVD drive itself. Other problems include inaudible video sound, inaccessible DVD drive and intermittent pauses when watching videos played through the DVD drive.

Out of all the problems mentioned, the most typical issue concerns DVD drive misdetection, which is caused by kernel level software features that are incongruous and incompatible to those of the DVD driver.

Troubleshooting

The easy way to fix troubleshooting errors is to simply install the latest DVD driver version for your DVD drive (if you are still using the original operating system drive that is).  Doing so should automatically solve your driver problems in a jiffy and restore the necessary settings. If the problems remain, proceed with using restore point programs for your operating system.

If both of these do not work, try reinstalling your operating system. Check the factory settings after the reboot; these should already indicate that your driver is up and running well.

If the problem still remains in spite of the operating system reinstallation, you have more than enough reason to believe that the problem does not concern your DVD driver at all. Check your DVD drive; it is more likely to be the one causing the problem.

Click here for a downloadable tool to check system updates for your DVD driver and find a compatible and suitable driver for your operating system.

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