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no when it doesnt play it just spins like its searching or anywhere from a few seconds to 20 min then stops.
It does sound more like a lens problem as the drive is clearly getting power but not able to read data, if it were a driver issue the drive would never play at all.
Does it happen with both burned media and shop purchased media such as games, music and video discs.
Can you answer this for us please, odd as may sound but optical drives can be picky and will play one brand of disc but not another and in the case of burned discs some will not play media that has been burned too fast (X4 or above) the latter can be ruled out if none of your discs are burned copies and would again point towards a flaky drive/lens.
NB: In case you are not aware, it is possible for a bad DVD RW to still burn media but not be able to read it, this because a different laser within the drive is used for writing the data to the disc.