Computer won't read old programs on CD

  John Ross 20:52 01 Feb 2004
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My daughter has been given some old children's PC games on CD : BBC Tellytubbies etc.
the discs date back to 1996 or so.
My 3 year old NEC desktop or AJP laptop will not recognise the discs in any of 3 drives.
I am running Windows Xp pro.

I am told the programs run fine on the person's PC that has given them.

Thank you

  Giggle n' Bits 21:24 01 Feb 2004

compatible with WinXP/win XP Pro.

If the person who says they run fine on there pc it most likley they do not run XP Pro

Only other obvious thing I can think of is that you have a damaged/faulty CDROM Drive, try a Audio CD.

  kev.Ifty 00:08 02 Feb 2004

had similar prob but never tried to resolve it...so bump

  Cook2 00:18 02 Feb 2004

Goto Start - All programs and left click to open the program folder you are trying to run. Right click on the program icon and then properties wher you will go into compatibility mode. Doesn't work for every program but you may be lucky.

  John Ross 21:19 02 Feb 2004

Its more a question of the PCs not being able to read the CD at all, so I am wondering if there has been some change in CD format since approx 1996 that makes them unreadable, and whther there is a way around it.

thanks

  Cook2 22:21 02 Feb 2004

John Ross, I didn't read it correctly. Older programs could be DOS based - XP isn't, I think this is the problem.

If your friend has 98, 98SE or Millennium, they would work.

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