CD ROM/CD RW Problems

  caradoc 13:05 09 Jun 2004

For some reason my CD ROM and CD RW Drives have stopped working! I have checked Systems - Hardware and according to that my drives are OK.
Everytime I put a disk into the drive I get the message " Unable to read from disk as disk is either corrupted or of different format which cannot be read by the drive". I have tried uninstalling and re-installing but to no avail. I notice that I do not get a "New Hardware" found message when I do this. This has only happened within the last few days. Any ideas please? OS System Win XP Pro, Athlon XP2400, 512 MB RAM.

  alan227 16:58 09 Jun 2004

Have you tried a system restore to a point before this happened.

  caradoc 17:22 09 Jun 2004

Have tried a few times today - unfortunately and for some reason system restore will not do so! I have suddenly lost my graphics card and a dll 32 file! Beginning to think there is something unwelcome on my computer. Looks as if a complete re-install is necessary.

  Fruit Bat 18:16 09 Jun 2004

never heard of a virus or spyware that stops a CD from beimg read. Here are some free progs to remove unwanted items

Anti Virus :-
avast4 click here
Antivir click here
AVG antivirus click here
Indivual virus removers:_
Stinger click here
Microworld click here

Trend Online Check click here

Anti Spyware :-
Spywareblaster click here
Adaware click here
Spybot S&D click here
CW Shredder click here

Try a lens cleaner in the players and glasses cleaner on the disks.


  caradoc 18:31 09 Jun 2004

Fruit Bat - (Used to see lots of them in Borneo!!)Have a number of the programs you mentioned on my system. Beginning to think a re-install will help but will try your suggestions. I used an optimiser the other day and am wondering if that removed a few "bits" that it shouldn't.
Will try the cleaning process as well Can always break the emergency glass and get the hammer out!
Many thanks.

  caradoc 21:27 09 Jun 2004

Found the answer to the problem. Nero Burning ROM program was the culprit. Since uninstall everything OK. Read about this on the Microsoft web site.

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