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CD Rom only plays Audio CD's

by kydell / November 22, 2004 2:03 PM PST

Hi Guy's

Hope you can help me with this! My PC's CDROM will only recognize audio cd's. If I put any other sort of CD in it doesn't recognize there is anything in there "Media not found message"

Reloaded the drivers but makes no difference and no conflicts in Device Manager. Also noted when the PC boots up, it only sometimes recognizes the drive when its checking for IDE devices.

Always plays audio CD's though, never recognizes anything else. At least it's consistent! Happy

Any one else come across this


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Re: CD Rom only plays Audio CD's
by Wellander / November 22, 2004 2:13 PM PST

What OS are you running?
Can it real a bootable CD like your Windows installation disk by inserting it when you first turn on the computer?
If it can read a bootable one it sounds like a problem with the os.

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Re: CD Rom only plays Audio CD's
by kydell / November 22, 2004 6:50 PM PST

Hi Wellander,

The PC is running Win98. Tried a bootable CD but it does not recognize it.

Noted it did not recognize the CDrom on rebooting this time but found my two hard drives.

Do you think its a hardware fault like a faulty ATA100 controller card that it connects to or the CDdrive itself?


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Re: CD Rom only plays Audio CD's
by HerbChong / December 6, 2004 8:36 AM PST

it's much more likely to be a dead drive. they don't last long nowadays.


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CD Rom only plays Audio CD's
by alupats / January 29, 2005 4:57 AM PST

It's possible the ribbon cable may be loose or damaged. Many CD ROM's can play music without any instructions from the PC. When a Music CD is recognized by the drive, it sends the data out of the audio port directly to your sound card.

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