Problem with CD Rom drive

  Tittlemouse 19:24 20 May 2004
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Is it possible that a CD Rom drive will not accept certain CDs but will accept others. My sons drive is OK when I put an original CD in but will not accept a copy of other CDs. For instance if I put originals of "The Clangers" or "Early learning" CDs in for my grandchildren they are perfectly OK but if I put something that has been copied from the original the drive starts to spin and the lights come up and even the music starts but it ends abruptly without installing. I have installed my own DVD drive on his machine just to try it but it is still the same. Thanks for any help....Pentium 2.. Windows ME...

  Diodorus Siculus 19:51 20 May 2004

Yes, some older drives will not read home burned CDs. They need some software installed - this might serve as a bump for someone who can remember what it is.

  Tittlemouse 19:56 20 May 2004

Thanks Diodorus Siculus. I did try my own DVD drive on his machine which does not give me the same problem but it was just the same result on his....

  Diodorus Siculus 19:59 20 May 2004

Maybe a software / OS problem then. Maybe I will get a flash of inspiration as to what is necessary.

  Dan the Confused 19:59 20 May 2004

You say it also happens on the DVD drive. Have the copies been read on any other drives you've tried?

  Dan the Confused 20:00 20 May 2004

Sorry, slow update :(

  Tittlemouse 20:17 20 May 2004

If I put the copied CDs in my own machine they play OK. No trouble

  Tittlemouse 21:02 20 May 2004

Putting a new drive in would be no trouble and not very expensive but it would not solve the problem. Has no one else got any ideas?.

  ted bear 21:57 20 May 2004

hi - what operating system do you use on your computer - you said ME on your sons. do you use the same ? if u use xp on yours that could explain why they work on yours. likely solution in that case would be driver update as sometimes there is a problem between fast burning cd writers and slow reading cd roms. original cd's tend to be more versatile for some reason.

  Tittlemouse 22:08 20 May 2004

Thanks ted bear. My OS is ME the same as my sons.
I did try to update the driver in Device Manager but it was no good.

  Charence 22:14 20 May 2004

Are you sure you have FINALISED the CD? Because if your computer does not have the appropriate programs such as Nero or a CDRW then it won't recognise the CD. Re-insert the CD into the drive which you burnt it with and using a program such as Ahead Nero or Roxio CD Creator finalise the CD.

NB-This can be done after you have burnt CD.

Alternatively, you should be able to rectify problem if you install a Ahead Nero or Roxio CD Creator, etc. Onto the computer. It's better to finalise CD though as it will guarantee compatability.


Charence

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