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CD/DVD drive will not play CD's

My CD/dvd drive will not read cd's. It plays dvds just fine and burns dvd's ok too. but I cant figure out why it wont read a regular CD. Im running windows XP any help would be appreciated. Thanks

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Usually That Means The Drive Is Headed South

Most drives fail slowly instead of all at once.. Frequently, they start failing to read one type of disc or another.. In our case here, we find it easier and cheaper to simply purchase a new DVD drive and replace the old one..

Of course, if you happen to have a CD drive lens cleaner, then give it a whirl as occasionally it will help the drive recover for a while.. If you don't have one sitting around, I'm not sure it's worth the price of buying one just to see if it will help. (They're a little expensive.) Instead, as mentioned above, apply that money toward a new drive.

Hope this helps.


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Still not working

Thanks Grif for the advise. I have tried a lens cleaner and that didnt help. I put in a new dvd/cd drive and guess what the same thing it just wont read the cd's. Just wondering if there is a setting in XP or something I need to change.

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As Bob Mentioned Above, If They're Formatted CD-RW Discs...

... which allow you to copy and paste directly to the disc, then it's entirely possible you don't have the correct packet writing software on the computer which "reads" the formatted disc.. If that's the case, then you'll need to install the software that originally formatted the drive so the computer can "see" the formatting correctly.

Hope this helps.


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Two things I do.
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I forgot an item.

You wrote "CDs" and not CDR or CDRW. This does matter as some recordings such as Nero INCD, Roxio's DirectCD and others require some software aids for these media to be read.

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Still trying

Ok I removed the dvd/cd drive from the computer and rebooted, now for some strange reason it is showing me in the device manager I have 2 dvd/cd drives which I dont I removed the one which isnt the real drive I have in the computer but the one real drive will still not read a cd. I rebooted and guess what that second dvd/cd drive showed up again in the device manager. Im kinda getting frustrated here. Thanks for all your ideas and suggestions. Any ideas on this mess?? Thanks Dave

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So you have an UNREAL DRIVE?

I didn't read if you were using one of those CD/DVD EMULATORS. Those can cause grief like we read above. Be sure to uninstall such things and repeat the removal of all CD/DVD drives in SAFE MODE.

This is very safe to do as Windows will redetect such drives automatically on the next normal boot.

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