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got a read only message box on CDRW

by shockings / June 12, 2005 11:37 AM PDT

I burned a CD-RW at my home computer(pentium 4,512mb with a CDR/RW and DVD drive.). I copied an excel file into the CDRW. I tried to play the CD on my office computer(pentium 2) I suspect it does not even have CD-R.The drive shows that it has anexcel file in the CD, but is unable to open it. It shows a message box the the file is readony or it is at a server which it is unable to locate. I right clicked the file and tried to see its properties bit the readonly file is not checked. what could be the problem Is it that I copied a readonly file into theCD at my home and if thats the case then how to I change it so that I can open the file from the recorded CD at my office computer.THE OPERATING SYSTEM AT MY HOME IS HOME xp and at the office is windows 2000. Any help will be greatly appreciated. Thanking you

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Shockings, A Couple Of Thoughts..
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / June 12, 2005 2:13 PM PDT

First, try copying the file from the CD-R to the computer desktop. ALL files, when copied to a CD-R become "Read Only" simply because they can't be "changed" once they're on the CD. Still, the file should be capable of opening and viewing, just not editing. Once it's copied to the computer desktop, then RIGHT click the file, choose "Properties" and UNCHECK the "Read Only" box.

Next, make sure that the versions of Excel are the same on both computers. Older versions of Excel may not be able to open files created in brand new versions.

And finally, if the CD-Rom drive on the old computer is quite old, then it simply may not be able to read CD-RW disks..Older CD-Roms aren't always "Multi-read" compliant. Try it with a CD-R disk instead..

Hope this helps.


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We have computers at work that are so old
by glb613 / June 12, 2005 9:10 PM PDT

they won't read a CD-RW. So if I need to transfer a document from home to work, I use either a floppy, CD-R or e-mail it to myself.

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