My disc reader will happily read movie DVDs, CDs on which I have stored data, and cover-mounted DVDs (it will also write to CDs quite happily). But it won't read other CDs such as the latest PC Advisor CDs, older PC Advisor CDs that it used to read, or my games CDs. When I try these, the entire system freezes and the only way to unlock it is either to switch off at the mains and reboot, or insert a DVD.
Please help - the frustration is so...well, frustrating.
Since it'll read some data cds but not others I'm a bit at a loss. Do you have a cd cleaning disk, if so could you try it on your drive and see if that makes a differnce, I presume you've checked the cds it won't read for scratches and finger marks?
CD cleaning disc is a good idea - yes, I've checked the discs for smudges/scratches. To make matteres even more bizarre, it will sometimes read the CDs if I go through the CD-DVD drice "page" under My Computer (Windows XP). Still doin't know why it will play everything but pre-programmed CDs (as I say, it will play my own CDs on which I have put photos, text etc).
Yes, I do. What is most odd is that it won't play CDs that it used to play. In fact, my very first posting on this site was because I was having problems installing Macromedia Flash Player 7 - you e-mailed it to me, JonnyTub (I was calling myself Yrrym back then). Thanks, again, for that, BYW - I've been able to play all my BBC and other bits ever since!
Sorry, JonnyTub, too advanced for me. I have just realized I don't even know how/where to find "Device Manager". All I can tell you about dma and ide channels is that this is a six month old Dell, with a combo drive).
Right click on 'My Computer' and select properties.
From the new box that 'pops up' select the hardware tab and subsequently the device manager button.
You should get a new box pop up called device manager, look for an entry called Ide / atapi controllers or similarl, click on this entry and expand on it, you should now see a couple more entries. These new entries should be named primary and secondary ide channel, right click on the primary ide one select uninstall, reboot and try again, if you get no joy try again only this time select the secondary ide channel. This is because i don't know which channel your drive is installed on.
If that does'nt work post back, it's most likely a Ok NickyK, follow these software problem.