First off, please forgive me if this sounds rather newbie-ish... but then again, that's why I'm here... you guys know a great deal more about DVDs than I do.
I've been using my BenQ DW1620 quite a bit lately for viewing DVDs on my computer. I have a rather extensive collection of anime (all commercially produced, no copies or bootlegs) and every so often I get a DVD that the drive just will not read or it will read certain chapters but not others. I just happen to have one right now... for the curious, it's Burst Angel Vol. 1. It reads fine in another drive (Lite-On 166S) and in my laptop (TSSTcorp drive of some sort) and in my home theater DVD player, but the 1620 seems to be choking on something whenever I try to play the first episode. It looks as though it's trying to read it as the drive light flashes wildly while it's doing so, but ultimately nothing will happen. I've had the same problem with other DVDs and reading them using my Lite-On 166S. Usually, its with DVDs that are relatively new titles to hit the shelves. Whenever I've had that problem, the first thing that I tried was to upgrade the firmware. In the case of the 1620, I tried that and it still refuses to read that DVD. Oh, and I'm using WinDVD 7 Platinum as the player.
I guess my question is why does this happen? I seem to remember reading somewhere quite awhile ago that this could be caused by the use of some wild and wierd new copy protection being used on certain DVDs. Does that sound plausible? Has anyone else encountered something like this? Is it more likely that the DVD disc is sorta messed up (even though it's brand new)?
This sorta leads me into another question... I'm going to be building a new PC in the near future and will be needing something to read DVDs. Can anyone recommend a drive that has very few problems reading DVDs and is extremely quiet (it doesn't matter whether it's a plain DVD-ROM or a writer)? That's the reason I use my BenQ DW1620 over the Lite-On 166S... the Lite-On is noisy in comparison.
Anything anyone can contribute is greatly appreciated.