Having problems with your Sony VAIO VGN-NS160D/W Notebook ?

Blu-Ray disc drive will read DVD but not Blu-Ray disc. When I first bought my computer the blu-ray drive worked perfectly with no problems at all, now after 8 months I put in a blu-ray disc and the computer doesn't even read it. I look in my device manager and it says that the disc drive is perfectly fine. It is able to read normal DVD's but still will not read my blu-rays. Any advice would be greatly appriciated.

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POSSIBLE solution... (don't shoot the messenger on this one, lol!)
\015\012I'm sure you have tried, but have you cleaned your optics lately? The best thing about Blu-ray is that it uses a much narrower laser beam to read the data, so more "stuff" can fit on a disk... however, this leaves far less room for error. It may be able to read a DVD, since the DVD's "grooves" are much wider, and a CD's "grooves" are like the grand canyon compared to Blu-ray...
\015\012Using a Q-tip and a small amount of rubbing alcohol, and GENTLY rotate the swab across the lens, rotating it in the opposite direction you are wiping. This should "lift" any dust or grime from the lens. I would also clean the tray with a soft lint-free cloth (using an air-can just moves the dirt around, doesn't solve the problem)
\015\012Hope this helps!
\015\012 -- RT
\015\012PS - Don't forget to vote!
  1. Go into device manager and uninstall the Blu-ray drive, then restart the laptop.
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  3. If that doesn't work, check the firmware is up to date, if not update it, if it is then try to force an overwrite of the current firmware as is maybe corrupt.
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  5. Check your mainboard bios is up to date
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  7. Last resort is to do a FULL recovery
\015\012If you have done all of the above and its still the same, then unfortunately the drive is defective and needs replacing - If its an OEM laptop then this is quite a common problem as the drives are mass produced.
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