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Thread: Satellite A205 - DVD player/driver issues

  1. Satellite A205 - DVD player/driver issues
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    I have a Toshiba Satellite A205
    My OS is: Windows Vista: Home Premium, 32-bit Operating System

    I have a MAT****A DVD-RAM UJ-850S ATA DEVICE

    I haven't installed any strange software or had any new hardware installed but the DVD player decided one day that it wasn't going to work. The CD-Rom still works fine, but the DVD player was initially giving me messages like:

    "An error has occurred in audio output settings. Please check that the sound driver is set up properly." So I tried, updating, then simply uninstalled and re-installed the sound driver. No luck.

    I've tried all sorts of things from other forums and after a few weeks of this issue, I'm at a complete loss. I can't even find the actual driver for this DVD player, it may be available but there's so many forums covering problems with this device, I can't sort through what's relevant for me and what's not. I've tried updating, removing, and re-installing the Chipset Family, I've tried completely cleaning out all drivers and re-installing them... and now like I said before I can't even get the original driver back.

    How do fix this issue?

  2. Re: Satellite A205 - DVD player/driver issues
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    I don't know which DVD player you have used but, in my opinion, the whole situation now is pretty complicated. Who knows what you have installed successfully and what is wrong now.

    I recommend you to do follow:
    Back up all your important data
    Install OS again using recovery image (windows sound should work properly)
    Check in device manager if all hardware components are installed properly
    Put some audio CD and test how it works
    Check DVD player functionality (I recommend you to use VLC media player)

    If the problem still persists let us know.

  3. Re: Satellite A205 - DVD player/driver issues
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    -It's the same software that came with the laptop, it's Toshiba's own DVD player software. I've tired using other DVD players and disks, no change.

    -I've already checked the device manager, everything should be fine, no faults are coming up.

    -The only change I have between not and when it last worked is that original device driver for the DVD player is different. I was, "MAT****A DVD-RAM UJ-850S ATA DEVICE" but now it just says "CD-ROM Drive" I cannot located the previous driver online, not even with Toshiba, strangely enough.

    Re-installing the OS is a catch-all answer that I"m not interested in, it's a lot of work that *shouldn't* have to be done. This problem should be solvable by re-installing drivers/software, possibly cleaning out registry entries, and/or removing conflicting software. There is an insane amount of forum entries on all sorts of websites for persons having the same issue with the same DVD-player spanning two years, surely someone on a Toshiba forum has figured this one out by now?

  4. Re: Satellite A205 - DVD player/driver issues
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    Optical disc drives don't need driver installation and all of them use standard Microsoft drivers. So you will not find anything like ďCD/DVD driverĒ. It does not exist. Many people have problems with USB ports and search for USB drivers. Such drivers don't exist.

    I understand what you mean and obviously you have picked up enough info what SHOULD be done.
    As I can see all this didnít help at all. Sure, clean OS is not the best solution but definitely the best and only one to test notebook functionality properly. I know that you are interested on some easy and probably 10 clicks solution but very often PC problems cannot be solved on this way.
    You can try to remove ODD in device manager and restart your notebook. MAT****A drive should be recognized and installed properly.

    I forgot to ask you something: you wrote about problems with DVD player. What is with sound functionality in general?
    I used Satellite A200 over a year and this notebook is well known to me. Ok you have the US model but there is no much difference.

    Anyway letís see if someone has some magic solution for this issue.

  5. Re: Satellite A205 - DVD player/driver issues
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    Well maybe you can at least help out with the driver, because what I've described, is in fact the case:

    <img src="http://i47.photobucket.com/albums/f155/jgrdonquixote/CD-ROM.jpg">

    That "CD-ROM Drive" should actually be "MAT****A DVD-RAM UJ-850S ATA DEVICE," but I can't for the life of me find that particular driver, to replace it with.

    I'm not looking for a specific solution because I want it fixed +right now,+ it's really a matter of how much more difficult doing a full recovery is. Everything, everywhere now has a million updates and some aren't even downloadable files which can be placed in backup. I live in a third-world country, my internet is slower than old dial-up, and having to update all my software... it would probably take months if not the rest of this year. I've had problems like this before with other laptops, but a few adjustments always seems to be all that was needed... somewhere between this Toshiba and Vista--everything has been difficult lately.

    The DVD play actually worked great when it was working--good quality for video and sound alike. Since it's stopped working the fault messages don't seem to add up. It really seems like an update or software addition somewhere along the line made the DVD incompatible. I've read about similar issues on other forums where this happened because of different versions of Vista, iTunes, and even a couple that conflicted with Norton. Whatever my conflict is, I haven't been able to figure it out, and I know if I were even able to call Toshiba, the rep would tell me to reformat or just slide the recovery disk in after backing my files up.

  6. Re: Satellite A205 - DVD player/driver issues
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    Luke
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    Hello

    I donít know what DVD player you have used but have you tried the VLC media player? This player can play the most available audio and video files and this player is really great. Itís freeware, fast and easy to use.
    Here you can download it: http://www.videolan.org/vlc/

    Last but not least make sure that you did set the correct audio device in control panel > hardware and sound > sound.

    Greets

  7. Re: Satellite A205 - DVD player/driver issues
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    Mat****a drives prevent you from doing raw read on the sectors. I'm not sure what you are not telling us, you are probably either trying to back up/copy a dvd, rip it, play a different region dvd or use an open source DVD player. I cannot play my DVDs in Linux because these idiots decided I wasn't allowed to read my own DVDs with my own computer. The correct fix is never to buy anything with a Mat****a (Panasonic) DVD player in, and possibly other hardware made by these bumpkins in case they do it again.

    If you have to keep your Toshiba laptop, and I'd really recommend taking it back and asking for a refund since it was manufactured incorrectly, then rip out the Mat****a drive and replace it with a real make, like NEC. No more problem

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