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My CDs Aren't Being Read...Odd

by Confed / October 26, 2006 7:36 AM PDT

I almost never pop a CD into my computer, but now that I need to convert some tracks, my system doesn't seem to want to read my CDs.

I've operating upder Windows XP Professional and I have two DVD writers and one CD writer. The drives all copy CDs entirely with Clone CD, but I've noticed that none of them will play CDs. I can't get audio tracks to show up. I mean, they USED to.

It's very odd.

My DVD writers all work with DVDs and play remarkably well. What could cause them not to read plain CDs?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Forgot to Mention....
by Confed / October 26, 2006 7:57 AM PDT

I neglected to say that all three of these devices will read data CDs. But when I put in an audio CD they blink, then...nothing.

This gets weirder and weirder.

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Have you replace your DVD drive
by MondasM / October 26, 2006 8:28 AM PDT
In reply to: Forgot to Mention....

Have you replaced your DVD drive since you bought the computer? Some DVD-RW drives don't like to read music CD's released in the past 4 years for some reason.

I had the same problem with a CD that I was trying to rip in my father's computer, I would put it into the DVD-RW drive and it would read.

Put it in the regular DVD drive below, and it would read.

Could just be an incompatibility in your drives?

There is another possibility however. That is that autorun for music CD's has somehow gotten turned off. Try opening your music listening application by hand, and put the CD in then. If it plays, that is the problem, the autorun feature on your computer has gotten messed up somehow.

The third possibility, and this is the bad one, is that a gear in your DVD drive has gone bad. The only way to fix that problem, is to buy a new DVD drive, though with the low prices recently..... it's not really a bad thing to have to go out and buy/install a new drive, it's simple as anything.

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Welcome to Microsoft
by frak10 / October 26, 2006 8:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Forgot to Mention....

Welcome to Microsoft horridness, if you used Linux you wouldn't have this problem, but...
Reinstall your drivers, see if that solves your problem.

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by Makere-B / October 26, 2006 8:54 AM PDT

Try a linux liveCD and see if it can read the audio files (knoppix or ubuntu livecd's are good choices).

If it can read em, then you can convert the files to what you want, or do something else to try to get em work with your windows.

If you can't, then it's most likely a matter of getting a new drive.

If you could read em with the liveCD, then it might be a matter of copyprotection, one that only shows the data track on the cd's and hides the audio. You can try to bypass this by getting Slysofts AnyDVD (you can get a free trial) to remove the protection...

It also might be that some cd has installed a hidden copyprotection program that doesnt allow you to play the files or otherwise has just ****** up your dvd-drive.

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Might be your media player
by william551 / October 26, 2006 4:59 PM PDT

Go to windows update and update your media player. Or go to "Set program access and defaults" and make sure music files are associated with the right program.

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My cds aren't being read.
by henzels777 / October 26, 2006 7:54 PM PDT

I've operating upder Windows XP and I have a DVD and a CD writer. The compurer is unable to tell that there is a disk in place. I have been able to burn one time on this computer.

Thank you

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by qwerty655 / October 26, 2006 11:36 PM PDT

Hansel, start your own thread. Confused, are you trying to play the cd's with windows media player, or are you just putting in the disk and waiting for something to happen?

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