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Is it my pc, or Windows 7? Wont read media, but will read music cds

Question: Is it my pc, or Windows 7? Wont read media, but will read music cds

The computer whirs & loads media cds, nothing happens, the device manager is listed aslite-on DVDRW SHW-16358.This is a newer Gateway pc I transferred data to, from my old one. From XP to 7.

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Preferred Solution: Is it my pc, or Windows 7? Wont read media, but will read music cds

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Answer: Is it my pc, or Windows 7? Wont read media, but will read music cds

How old is the Optical drive ? ?They fail...and they dont build them like they used to.QuoteThis is a newer Gateway pc I transferred data to, from my old one. From XP to 7.Also the above is unclear...are you saying you installed Win7 to this Gateway ? ?If so did you remember to DLoad and install the Win7 drivers for the PC ? ?

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What can I say. I insert disc in the drawer but media player doesnt read it .... why and can it be fixed and HOW ... help definitely required.

Answer:windows media player wont read disc

Insert the cd, go to windows explorer, click on your cd drive & note the format of whatever is on the disk. Example MP3, cda & so on.Now go onto Media Player options / Associations & make sure the format is ticked.I do not have Media Player installed or know your version, so that is only a rough guide.

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i want to download music into my usb and my pc wont read it. what can i do?

Answer:my pc wont read my usb for music

Look for the USB device in Windows Disk Management. You may need to partition and format the device before Windows can use it.

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Hello Im running a win98se and I have recently brought a external USB 2.0 16x DVD writer which I loaded up and now i have problems with running my Cd rom even when i unplug the external writer. Within the device manager it says the device is working properly- the drive reads E-IDE CD -952E/AKV and within the settings the auto insert notification is the only one ticked the reserved drive letters are sitting on F: both begining and end when the external is connected it takes the next letter so G. When the writer is connected it reads DVDRWUSBH16X the settings are disconnect (not sure why that is ticked) and auto insert notification (not sure if this is important but both devices read as CDROM Standard CD-Rom device). I hope I have not rambled on and giving enough info. Any help would be greatly apprieciated.

Answer:Solved: CD Rom wont read any Cds music or otherwise

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hey, my computer generally reads disks, music cd's, dvd's, and games (new like sims 3, and old like theme hospital and shogun total war)

ive just got anno 2070 and put in the disk, but its not recognizing it at all, when i first put the disk in, it whirs, as it knows there is a disk there, and a disk icon appears next to the cursor, but then nothing, no disk appears in My computer, and when i click on the drive it asks me to insert a disk, i have tested the disk on a different computer running vista, anno 2070 runs perfectly, and also says it does run on windows 7, i have also tested other disks since putting the game into the windows 7 computer, which work fine, and checked whether the disk can be read in a virtual machine (windows xp in this case), which it cant as i expected, i have run the Microsoft disk checker and all it said was that the disk was unreadable, but the vista computer proves it is readable.

any tips on what to do next? i really want to get playing this

Answer:dvd drive wont read specific disk, will read on other vista computer

I would think that your optical drive and that particular brand DVD media don't go together well. ( I have an Imation DVD+R DL that my Samsung drive only reads at times but not most of the time. On four other drives - a Sony, a Liteon, an Asus and a Plextor - the media is recognised and accessible without any problems. The Samsung drive is clean, has the latest firmware, can read and write other DVD media. So where am I? )

You may just try cleaning the lense with a Lense Cleaner CD. If it does not help, try burning anno 2070 to another known-to-be-good brand media at a lower speed.

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Hi my laptop DVD+RAM Drive will not read media cd's but will on data Cd's, any idea what i can do?

Answer:CD Drive Wont Read Media CD's

Can we have just a little bit more information

Laptop type
Operating System Xp version
Have they worked before etc etc.


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I received this error when I ran Fix it:

CD/DVD Reading and WritingPublisher details
Issues foundMedia in CD/DVD drive is not readable (MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-846 ATA Device)
Media in CD/DVD drive is not readable (MATSHITA DVD-R UJ-846 ATA Device)
The drive is empty or the media format is not supported
Not fixed
Insert readable media

Answer:Computer wont read blank media

Very typical error. It's just not a good drive.
It was discussed here just yesterday: (bottom half of that post)

You need to use better blank DVDs. Possibly replace the drive. That's all it is.

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put a disk with a program in to my system it wont even acknowledge its there, anything like DvD CD its fine.Anyone know anything about this?cheers

Answer:Will read DvDs and CDs Wont read Autoexe on  

Have you disabled autostart? Can you start the program by clicking on the appropriate setup.exe file on the CD?

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I am having problems with my satellite A30/dvd/cdrw drive (TEAC DW-224E-A), it wont read dvd's but will read cd's and cd rom's. The drive will spin looking for the dvd but it wont find it and when I try to start the dvd via my computer menu it says the drives empty.

I have checked that the drive is enabled and it says that the drive is working correctly. I have also tried original and copied dvd's

It used to work fine but stopped all of a sudden,

Has anyone any tips please!!!

Answer:Satellite A30 wont read dvd's but will read cd/cd rom's


Try to remove the drive from the device manager.
After notebook rebooting the OS should recognizes the drive again.
Maybe it helps.

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Here is a link to the EULA for Vista. Pay special attention to section 6. Look what windows defender can do!

Answer:Vista Eula Link Must Read!!! Read About What Windows Defender Will Do To You!

Nice. I had scrutinized it hard enough already with a steel hat, so I'm still safe.

Hehe, Veesta is a beast! Most corps, even NIST, MIT, UDoD and ASUS as the largest MB MFG detests it. Not fit for mass consumption eh.

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I newly installed windows 7 to my computer which had xp before. My problem is that my external hdd is recognized by windows 7 (also by vista in my notebook) but can not be read by both (ntfs par.). The funny thing is my old xp installation and my second linux system in the same computer have no problem reading it at all, also any other xp computer can read it. Any ideas ???

ps: I can not access the file system. window, says I need to format it, but normally any ntfs under xp should be also readable under 7.

Answer:Windows 7 wont read ext. hdd but xp can ?

Hello kamillokum, Welcome!
Could you please post a screenshot of your Disk Management?


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Hi, anybody can help me how to get Metro Music App to read and play my music library from Synology 212j+ network drive?
Thing is it works fine for standard windows 8 media player so why the heck does it not work for Metro Music App?

When I select a song from the explorer it is played by metro but where are all the other files?
I have a Dutch - not yet supported region - Windows Account, so cant login music and xbox.
I have added synology shared music folder to my desktop music library but explorer keeps warning me that some features may not work so I have also indexed the folder but still no success

It gives me the creeps these complications and Windows may be loosing another user to the Apple platform (which would mean spending a lot of money to replace my windows home system but at least everything is compatible - I guess)
please help, I tried a lot already

Answer:Metro Music App does not read music on network drive

Originally Posted by sjengie

Hi, anybody can help me how to get Metro Music App to read and play my music library from Synology 212j+ network drive?
Thing is it works fine for standard windows 8 media player so why the heck does it not work for Metro Music App?

When I select a song from the explorer it is played by metro but where are all the other files?
I have a Dutch - not yet supported region - Windows Account, so cant login music and xbox.
I have added synology shared music folder to my desktop music library but explorer keeps warning me that some features may not work so I have also indexed the folder but still no success

It gives me the creeps these complications and Windows may be loosing another user to the Apple platform (which would mean spending a lot of money to replace my windows home system but at least everything is compatible - I guess)
please help, I tried a lot already

Hi there
Goede Morgen !!

Remember that W8 is still technically in BETA so there is more to come out.
Since multi-media and connectivity is very important this I'm sure will be fixed in the final builds of W8.

I shouldn't base your purchasing requirements against what's in a BETA build of an OS. -- Wait till the Final before making that decision -- and meantime use something like Winamp or plenty of other free music playing apps most of which can also stream to and from smart phones etc.

Cheers (Tot Ziens)


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I have CORSAIR XM2 TWin2x2048-6400c4 memory in my ASUS P5W DH Deluxe motherboard, The bios shows the correct memory which is 2GB but windows is only showing and using 1GB.

I have dual boot setup, Winxp Pro and vista ultimate 64bit, having the same issue with both windows

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i installed premiere pro 2 on my friends computer, and when he plugs his camera in through firewire windows doesnt read that it's plugged in making it impossible to capture footage. The driver for the firewire is installed so that isnt the problem, im wondering what it could be.. anyone have any ideas?

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I burned a couple data discs for a friend of mine but she can't get them to play. When she opens up the disc in the D drive, opens a folder, and clicks on a song it tells her "Windows can't open file." I havent been over so I can't think of what's wrong.

Answer:Windows wont read discs

To play media you can't simply double click on them but use a player's option to open a file and then browse to the one or more. If you burned mp3s on data and not music type disks you're in trouble! When burned to disk and still seen as mpg3s the Windows Media Player will then add them to the library on the hard drive in playable form wma or mp3 depending on version.

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hi , i have a Proper version CD of XP Pro and everytime i restart i put the CD in .. it boots it up but doesnt read anything on the CD whats wrong my CD-Drive.. its a Pioneer 109... it boots just a scratch on the cd that does not allow the computer to read it... so what should i do ( my drivers r up to date )

Answer:Windows pc wont read the XP Pro disc why is this?

press f1, f2, del, etc... to enter the bios when you boot up the computer... once there, look for "boot order, or bood priority" then have the cd drive boot before the hard drive...

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Recently upgraded to windows 10, big mistake.  Wouldn't read my usb ports, so after googling I unistalled the usb ports, and it claims after restarting your computer it should bring them back well it didn't and now I am without a mouse or keyboard.  I am not sure how to get them back without either working and everything I have read doesn't help, can someone give advice to a not so techy computer person, a quick and easy way to retrieve these back.  I cannot system restore, says no restore point.  I have restarted several times.  Any help would be appreciated.

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Im adding a gateway 2000 destination 31" monitor to my compaq presario.  When booting it starts out fine, but when desktop start the screen is distorted with lines.  Window does not show moinitor in deivce manager and show as default monitor in safe mode.

Answer:windows wont read monitor

You need to install monitor driver. Usually there is a CD, which comes with a monitor.

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Only my second thread here, so I am learning. But I think I have found some friends and I thank you!

My question, I have a bunch of cds that I made MP3s music backups on a couple years ago on a Compaq P2. I now use a Dell 8300 with XP Pro. I just upgraded to Win Media 10 and am using it now as default player. Anyway I successfully copied some of the old MP3s to my library but only about half of the cds. The other half will WM10 will not read in the drive. The weird thing is, it will play the music and show unamed files, but when I try to copy and move to My music folder, it will come back with something like "disk may be corrupt" or some other reason. It wouldn't read them prior to downloading WP10 either but I didn't try them all before. After upgrading I gave it another attempt and like I said, it did read about half. Disks have been kept in safe storage and are clean and unscratched.
Thanks Bill

Answer:Windows Media Player 10 & XP can't read MP3 Disks

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when i go to play a song on windows media player it say " Windows Media Player cannot play the file because there might be a problem with your sound or video device. Try installing an updated device driver. " Any ideas on how to get it working???

Answer:windows media player cannot read songs

Have you checked your device drivers? DirectX version?

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I was just asked to make a copy of a mix CD and i used windows media player to copy music from CD, then after is was all copied to library, i went to copy to CD or device, and it didnt read the blank CD-R in the drive. i even tried a DVD-r and didnt read that also.It worked before, and doesnt read it anymore? In the end i used nero, but i still want to know why windows media hasnt worked, but did about 3 weeks ago when i made a disc.

Answer:Windows Media - Doesnt Read Blank CD-R


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I get this message everytime windows media player starts up.
As far as I can tell it runs fine if I move the box outta the way.


Answer:Windows Media Player 11 Memory could not be read.

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I have a Windows XP Home Edition system and I am trying to import a video from a DVD-R disc into Windows Media Player. I purchased a DVD burner to convert home videos to dvds (using my TV), which works perfectly. In order to play these videos on my XP in Windows Media Player, I have been using a freestanding Memorex DVD recorder that attaches to the computer, as my XP drive does not read DVD-R. This also works just fine. Windows Media Player will read and play my DVD-R discs, but I am unable to get it to actually download/import the videos. I want to be able to download these videos from my DVD-R discs so that they can be stored on my computer and shared with family.

For clarification, when the video is playing in Windows Media Player, the right-hand side of the player lists the video as "Unknown DVD". Clicking on the "Library" tab on the top bar, it again lists the video as "Unknown DVD (F)". Clicking on the "Rip" tab on the top bar, the left-hand side shows "No Disc (D)" and "Unknown Disc (F)", with the message "To begin, insert an audio CD into the CD drive.". The player seems to be perfectly capable of reading and playing my DVD-R videos, but it apparently only recognizes discs in its (D) drive for ripping or importing.

Do I need to purchase more software to be able to do import videos from my DVD-R discs? Should I be using different discs altogether? Any ideas would be greatly, great... Read more

Answer:Windows Media Player will read but not import from DVD-R

A good program to rip a DVD would be DVD Shrink. They have discontinued the program, but you can still find the latest version by searching for it in google.

Note -- Here at TSF, we do not condone illegal activities - which includes ripping copyrighted DVD's. Just so you know.

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hi my internal optical drive clearly isnt working as i have a new disc in perfect condition. my laptop is stuck on stage 3 of 3 and loops over and over i have changed settings in bios to read internal optical drive but with no success in reading the disc, i have also let the battery run completely out so i get the message saying insert windows disc but again no luck. the last time i had my laptop wiped and windows re installed the guy said he needed to use an external dvd drive,but at that time you could boot up and get on the desktop,if i purchase an external dvd drive would it work or would it not work due to me not being able to get on the desktop to install whatever software if there is even any software or are they plug and play kind of things.sorry if its a bit long or worded wrong i have tried my best to explain any help would be much appreciated. thankyou

Answer:windows re install wont read disc

if it helps any this is the drive i was going to purchase
click here

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I desided to reformate my computer, farly new computer and windows 7. so im using the 3 recovery disc that I burned when I first got the computer. so now i deside to reformate, started went through disc1, when it asked for recovery disc 2 (at around 50% of installing) I put it in and it just spits it back out and doesnt want to read it, now im stuck the computer wont even boot up fully (wont boot to desktop, however I can access the bois but i have no idea what to do with it without computer assistance, im not that good with it but i can follow directions )what can I do to fix this?

I think either when I copied the disc it didnt get copied right (disc2)because disc1 worked fine) or something is just wrong with the disc 2 dvd (has no scratches on it though) but im stuck how can i get it to work or even get windows to start back up to the desktop?

Answer:windows 7 recovery disc wont read

Put the disc in another computer and open it (don't run)and see if the disc is blank or if it contains files.

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When I start my computer I cant get passed the windows screen. It's tries to load and stps. I tried booting into safe mode, but it stops again in the same place. I tried to put my windows cd in to recover the console, but it goes to a black screen has me press any key, and once i do that it goes to the windows startup screen again. NOT the setup screen so that I can reinstall my windows. I tried to change my boot sequence so that the CD rom would be 1st. This did nothing, I had the same problem. It's as if my cd rom isnt readint the disk at all. I can hear it , but nothing occurs, it's like the disk just stays in place. I alos tried pressing F8 when I restarted my comp and chose last known good configuration, but that did nothing at all???I've never had this problem, when I went to bed my computer was finelast night, now it's just gone from bad to worse. My question is, what can I do? If my cd rom isnt working, is there a way I can hoook up my computer to another so I can boot my computer that way? Or can I buy a "stand alone" cd rom to hook up to my computer so the I use the disk? The disk works, I tried it on my friends computer. I am at a loss as to what to do, I 'd appreciate any advice or help! Thanks! ~Mcicki~

Answer:windows not load, cd rom wont read boot cd

1. Go into BIOS and set first boot device to CD2. Make sure all other boot devices are DISABLED including the hard drive.3. Save and EXIT (F10)4. see if it will boot to the CD now. ***5. If it will boot to CD do a repair install. (see below).6. on completion of the repair install go back into BIOS and st the HDD back to boot device.*** if will not bot to CD after restting boot devices the remove the CMOS battery for 10 minutes and then refit (this will reset BIOS to default conditions). Attempt to set CD to first boot device. got to 5.Repair XP by install over the top of existing system1. Boot the computer using the XP CD. You may need to change the boot order in the system BIOS so the CD boots before the hard drive. Check your system documentation for steps to access the BIOS and change the boot order.2. When you see the "Welcome To Setup" screen, you will see This portion of the Setup program prepares Microsoft Windows XP to run on your computer:To setup Windows XP now, press ENTER.To repair a Windows XP installation using Recovery Console, press R.To quit Setup without installing Windows XP, press F3. 3. Press Enter to start the Windows Setup. To setup Windows XP now and Repair Install , press ENTER. DO NOT choose "To repair a Windows XP installation using the Recovery Console, press R", (you Do Not want to load Recovery Console). 4. Accept the License Agreement and Windows will search for existing Windows installations.5. Select the XP installation you want to repair from... Read more

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Burned two CD R's on two different Win 2000 machines using two different programs - Nero Express on one and Easy CD Creator on another. Don't know the versions of those programs.

Took the two different CDs to 4 different Win XP machines and they could not be read. Windows would freeze and and the machines would hard crash.

I'm thinking the versions of software on the older machines are the problem but can't find any info on this anywhere.


Answer:XP wont read a CD burned in Windows 2000

Tried any other burned CDs to see if they worked?

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I have a 500GB external hard drive (USB powered) which just stays plugged into my computer at all times which I use for storing music, video, photos etc. When I started up my PC just now, it came up with an error message saying "You need to format the disk in Drive E: before you can use it", and it keeps bringing up this message whenever I unplug it and plug it back in again, or try to access it; but it was working fine just a few hours ago, and the drive hasn't been moved, bumped, unplugged or anything like that between when it was working, and now - so I see no reason for it to have stopped working. Obviously I don't want to format it as that would mean losing everything on it - including many files backed up from my old PC which I hadn't transferred to this new(er) one yet.

I get the same error message plugging it into my desktop PC running windows XP.

Any suggestions will be much appreciated!

Answer:Windows 7 wont read my drive, wants to format it

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I have done a clean re-install of XP,installed service packs,drivers,other software etc.
When I insert my Soundblaster Extigy soundcard installation disc into the cd/dvd drive,it won't read it.
The disc works fine on other PCs.
My CD/DVD drive plays other discs ok.
I have downloaded a copy of the installation disc and mounted it virtually and this doesn't work either.
Any suggestions please?

I have - Athlon XP 2.8,512MB,160GB,SP2

When I put the disc in,it spins for a while,timer on cursor etc.
Then screen goes black(as it should before programme starts),then nothing,stays black.
Have to shut down PC with the off button.

When I try the virtual disc,I get - "The file format is invalid or unsupported."
With the disc,I sometimes get the "Windows has encountered a problem...." message,but not always.

At first,the CD/DVD drive did not not even recognize a disc was in it,but does now,just won't play it.

Answer:windows wont read installation disc

It is totally unnecessary to use an optical drive to install drivers.

Drivers can be downloaded and then installed from the desktop.

You might try that.


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I am running vista home premium. I tried upgrading to windows 7 my computer wont read either disk the 32 bit or 64. I have an inspiron 531 its about a year and a half old I have never reformated. I put in a very old disk of office 2000 and it was able to read it. If I reformated would this help resolve this issue

Answer:Computer wont read windows 7 disk

It needs to be a DVD drive...i suspect you may have only a CD drive.

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my disk driver is LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1633S if there is a disk in the drive when windows starts immediately, the drive will read it. 2-3minutes after windows boots up, the disk drive will not detect anything that is in the drive. is there some update that i missed that can help me fix this problem, or is it just windows being a nuisance? thanks.

Answer:Disk wont read after windows starts

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Any help much appreciated as this is driving me crazy.

Basically as the title says my PC wont recognise either Windows 7 disc, 32 or 64 bit.

I'm currently running Windows 7 but trying to reformat. Its worked before with the same PC and disc.
It wont boot when I choose to boot from disk on BIOS and it wont recognise the disc when I put it in. (when Windows is loaded up).

Now here's the kicker.

The DVD drive is fine as my PC is accepting other DVD's I have (I even tried 4 to make sure) and the same Windows 7 disc works fine in my laptop.

So the problem isn't the DVD or the DVD drive. What have I done?

As I said there any help much appreciated.

Answer:PC wont read my Windows 7 installation disc

Try using a USB Pen Drive.
For UEFI & x64:
UEFI Bootable USB Flash Drive - Create in Windows

For x32:
Windows 7 USB/DVD Download Tool

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Model: 300S-08IHH Desktop (ideacentre) Hi, Whenever I insert a Media DVD into the drive it makes the noises like it's loading and the light is flashing and then nothing happens. The noise stops and starts but the drive doesn't read the media files. I've tried a few steps I've found through here but nothing works. I have VLC and not even that program works with DVDs. It reads installation dvds but not movies no matter if they're new, old or in-between. Does anyone know what I can do to fix this problem?

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Computer was working fine last night, was on it about 10:30 pm left it on as I always do and when I got up the error messsage was on the screen.

Disk Read Error press Ctrl Alt Delete to restart but it just keeps going back to that error page. I tried tapping F8 to see if it would go to safe mode but it will not. It will go to system recovery I tried to get to system restore that way it asked to do that instead of a recovery but just back to the error page. Can anyone tell me whats wrong? or what to try? or if it is the hard drive?

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Hi all.
I usually am pretty ok with computers and dont ask for help, however my current problem has left me somewhat baffled.

I ordered an install of a new motherboard not long ago, and had 2 hdd's at the time.
One with a regular connection, one with SATA connection.
I wasnt the one doing the installation of the new motherboard, but sent the computer to a shop.
Once I got it back, it was updated with a new version of windows xp pro and had no problems whatsoever.
Soon after, I decided to reinstall windows to an older version, since I never liked windows xp SP2, It isnt really required.
I booted up my computer with a windows installation cd in my cd rom, and everything was ok untill I got to choosing on which drive I want to install the windows on: Only one was present, and it was the regular connection one.
I didnt think much of it at that moment and installed the windows on that hdd.
Once it came up after installing, the computer simply wasnt reading my second hdd.
I figured that it could be because I installed an older version of windows and something might have gone wrong with it being able to read SATA connections, but it seemed strange since the BIOS wasnt able to read that hdd aswell.
Well, I ignored the problem for a while thinking that maybe if i can update my BIOS to read SATA or something of the sort it could be ok, but i then bought a DVD burner with SATA connections and it could read the burner with no problem, that immediately eliminated my susp... Read more

Answer:Hard drive wont read after windows reinstall

"since I never liked windows xp SP2, It isnt really required"...

What ever gave you that idea? What planet are you on? XP, SP2 is required for all the critical Microsoft hardware/software updates...

Get your head out of the sand and put XP, SP2 back on your system. You'll be surprized at how much better your system will run.

Really, anyone that says they don't need XP, SP2 is saying that they are running an illegal copy of XP

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When installing new software I thought it froze so I ended the process. When I tried to open the installer again it gave an error about the registry. When I rebooted windows gave an error and turned off. Please help me get it turned on and fixed!

Answer:Windows wont start. Messed up registry? Please read!

If it helps, it was saying that it couldnt find autochk.exe. I saw something about a boot-disk that can fix this error but idk. Please help if you know anything.

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hi, my dvd drive wont read any disks, im running windows 7 64 bit, i have tried the options below but still no luck, any help would be much appreciated as it has me puzzled now!

i have had a search on here and tried this
to fix it:
- execute regedit
- search the key HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}
- delete Upperfilter and lowerfilter entries.
- Reboot your system.

there was no upperfilter or lower filters to delete, i have also had a look in properties and it says the dvd drive is working fine, iv tried to uninstall it and restart still have the same problem,

any ideas???

thank you

Answer:dvd drive wont read any disks running windows 7

These drives do go bad over time, it is conceivably possible the optic in the drive itself is bad.

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When I attempt to play an Audio CD I am prompted with the following dialog: We have determined that Windows Media Player cannot accurately read your CD drive digitally. Windows Media Player will therefore switch to reading your CD drive in analog mode. Your CDs will play, but the following items will not work when playing CDs: Visualizations, SRS Wow effect, Graphic Equalizer.

Could someone please explain what's happening all of a sudden? WMP was playing fine until recently.

Someone suggested that I change my drive designations back to default. I recently switched letter designations for my burner and my DVD-ROM drive. I attempted to switch them back by going to Device Manager but was unable to. My CF Card reader had taken over one of the previous letter designations of one of the other two drives. So I went into Device Manager to straighten things out, but now I can't even find my CF Card reader listed. It was there before! In fact, it still works, but for some reason it's not showing up in Device Manager. I find all of this really confusing. If I could find it perhaps I could get the three letter designations back to what they ought to be, and maybe then WMP would work properly.

I would really appreciate help with this very annoying problem.

Thank you,

Answer:[Solved] Windows Media Player cannot read CD drive digitally

Okay, I solved my own problem again. All I had to do was go into Device Manager > CD-ROM and remove something called NERO-IMAGEDRIVE 2. Doing so allowed me to switch my D and E drives back to their default settings. I had recently reversed them and found that I couldn't switch them back until I first got rid of IMAGEDRIVE 2.

Anymore it seems that every day I have another annoying problem pop up, some undoubtedly of my own making.

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error = STOP: c0000218 \systemroot\system32\config\software

When I start windows I get this blue screen every single time. I am unable to start windows in any form (safemode etc.). I have the windows re-installation startup disk but for some reason my disk drive is unable to read it. I have used this startup disk with this computer recently to bring my computer back to factory settings in the summer, so I know the cd and my cd drive were working at most 2 months ago.

I'm stuck because I dont know any way to fix this error with out my disk drive working.

Answer:Blue screen of death + windows wont read startup disk

Can someone please help me, im having a lot of trouble with this

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when i click on a music file, a orange question mark appears on the left side of the file .then it says media player has encounterd a unknown problem

Answer:windows xp media player wont play music

If you were/are using a different player you may have selected that player to be the exclusive player for certain file types. Sometimes these third party players even change the file extension. Look at your files to see what extension they have.You may need to chage the details in Windows to show common files type extensions.

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Has anyone else had a problem with media player not finding any music? If you know any way to fix it could you please let me know. I have selected the folders I want it to search in but it doesn't seem to be finding anything.

Thank in Advance

Answer:Windows Media Payer Wont find any Music

I have win7 on my laptop and desktop. I have no problem with wmp on my laptop but my desktop suffers from the same problem as yours. There are two ways that I have found around this but they are not solutions since the problem doesn't go away.

You can either delete the music library file that wmp keeps:
1. stop WMPNetworkSvc.
2. go to C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\Microsoft\Media Player and delete file called CurrentDatabase_371.
3. restart service and start wmp.

Another way that works for me is to remove the music folder from the library, turn off wmp, start wmp and readd the folder.

Both methods require wmp to rescan the music library but it's the only way I've managed to get it to read my music. I also leave wmp running. The library only gets corrupted when I close wmp and start it.

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A couple months ago, I had to replace the CD writer that came in my HP. I decided to upgrade to a dual layer DVD-R/RW. I purchased a Pacific Digital (Lite-On). It works fine except that my car stereo has trouble reading music CD's burned on this new writer. I never had a problem with CD's burned on the old unit, even using cheap off-brand CD's. Would it help to burn at a slower speed? I have Nero software. Is there a way to change the write speed? Other suggestions?

Answer:Can't read music CD's

You can lower the speed of your drive while burning but I don't think it will solve your problem. You probably had an older version cd/rw that worked with your older car stero, now that you have a new burner, and a older stero, it might not be compatible. Is your DVD/RW and CD/RW also?

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hi it's not my pc but i believe it's 1.4Ghz, 256Mb ram, windows xp home and cdrw.whenever a cd is put in cd drive only music is displayed. any disks with data, back ups etc are either shown as empty or no disk computer - 'd' drive - properties - autoplay - can not be changed from music files for some reason. i suggested he try and change it to mixed content and apply but when he goes into it again it's still music.this applies to data cds he's actually burned of the same computer.any ideas?cheersP

Answer:only music being read of cds

You could try the autoplay repair wizard from MS found click here

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When I insert an SD memory card into my Toshiba Equim A100 laptop computer to playback my video clips recorded from a Sanyo C5 camcorder it fails to open the video MP4files and issues me with an error message COOD 1199, condition ID=0x00000000, stating that the files or codec is not supported by windows. It will open the still pictures though. I have downloaded the latest version of Media Player and the Xvid codec without success. Please help!!!!!

Answer:windows media player fails to read video files from SD memory card

Have you tried copying them to your hard drive and then playing with either VLC media player or Quicktime?

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I wanted to know if I told my buddy right.
He has windows xp media center. His monitor is a really nice one like 600 bucks but anyway. he was on it today and it worked fine but when he went to get on it later the monitor would not show anything except it says OUT OF RANGE.

I went out there and tried turning it off and unplugging everything except the mouse, keyboard, and monitor and unplugged it and held in the power button for 15 sec and tried restarting it but it was the same thing OUT OF RANGE.

So I brought in another monitor of mine and plugged it into his computer and it worked fine. So I took his monitor cord and plugged it into another monitor at home another flat monitor and the cord works. His video card is working cause my monitor worked fine.

I hooked up my monitor and set the display to 800/600 to see if that would help and then hooked up his monitor again but no luck OUT OF RANGE.

My question is this. After all that I told him his monitor was bad, do you think I am right and after all that it is the monitor????

Trying to confirm this with myself cause I don['t wnat him to buy a new monitor and that isn't what it is, although I am letting him use an older monitor of mine right now and his computer is working fine with it. Can someone confirm this for me??

Answer:Solved: Windows XP Media center sp2-monitor problem-error-out of range-please read

Try his monitor on another computer to see if it does the same thing there. If it does then you can be pretty sure it is gone south for the duration.

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When I try to play music in either windows media player or winamp, computer only plays couple seconds and then wont play anymore. Ive tried to uninstall and reinstall and same thing happens. Can someone help me figure out what the problem is. Thanks

Answer:Music wont play in Windows Media Player and Winamp

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WMP cant or wont put my music files into the library. I think I've tried everything, but I dont know what I dont know. Can anyone please help me with the problem? Files can be played singly , just wont go into wmp library.

Answer:(Resolved) Windows Media Player-wont load music

Problem solved...uninstalled wmp, DL'd winamp...all ok!!

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Hi there , I have a 40 gig HD that I have had winXP Home installed by an engineer at no expense lol well he asked me if i'd like to split the 40 gig so that the comp will read the one HD as 2 HD's (2 20 gig HD's on the 40 gig HD) , I thought yeah , and all is well , except one minor detail , I save my music to the D: but when I click on start>My Music it shows up My Music folder in the C: drive C:\Documents and Settings\Geo\My Documents\My Music , is it possible to change the link to read my saved music from the D: drive ? Start>D:\My Musiccheers in advancegeo

Answer:How to read My Music through D: drive

RIght click on it and change the target folder

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Hello all, first post here. I have a windows XP home edition os pc. Regarding dvd-rom: after using it a few times (about 6 or 7), subsequent uses bring up the blank cd dialog (even the inserted CD's are definitely NOT blank). Error I get when I go to my computer and select the dvd rom is: Please insert a disk into drive e (my dvd rom). The same thing happens with my CD-RW drive as well. 90% ot the time I use audio cd's in my pc. Realone is my preferred player so when I get this blank cd dialog (I cancel or select do nothing) and switch to realone and select its cd tab and it always reads the CD (100%) of the time. When I restart the computer, the DVD-rom adnd CD-RW will read inserted CD-roms and cd's fine for another 6 or 7 inserts before the system gets buggy again. This recently started happening (around the time that my power supply started going on the way out). My pc is 2 and a half years old and its power supply was replaced 6 months ago. So this began about 6 months ago. I am now VERY, VERY tired of this problem as I do not always insert music cd's (as I mentioned realone player reads music cd's even when the system thinks they're blank). Any ideas on getting my machine to always read inserted cd's correctly? Thanks.

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Hi all,

Sorry if this issue has already been solved, looked around but didnt see anything on it.

I can't get the CD drives to read anything other than music on my HP Pavillion 8665c.. And for some reason windows needs to be reactivated in 2 days, which I'm not doing. Plan on putting XP Pro over the current XP Home, but cannot do so without the use of the CD drives. Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance,


Answer:Both CD drives only read Music..?

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I got a mp3 CD from a computer magazine. I've copied the files to my computer, but cannot use volume leveling on them. Music Match says that the files are read only, and can't be modified. Can anyone help?

I tried right clicking the files and selecting Properties. They weren't marked as read-only.

Answer:Read only music files

Navigate to the file(s), click on properties, and uncheck the read-only tab.

Oh ho, sneaking an edit in on me are ya! Well, 2 can play at that game.

Hmm, Try copying the files to another directory.

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I have recently had a new laptop with windows 8 operating, i also have a windows phone. Today i have added music to my library and successfully synced it to the phone. However, when i go to play it says "sorry we cannot play this song as it may be corrupt or an unsupported file type" or " users must be signed in to use this facility" rather fed up now as i was told it was a very straight forward process. Busy life, 4 children, constantly on the go, just want some music on my phone :( can anyone help me? please?

Answer:Why wont my windows phone play music i sync from my media player on windows 8?

Instead of syncing i would just copy paste the music in the music folder on the phone

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This is QUITE important, given that its music from ITunes and worth a couple hundred to me. X_X

I was going to reformat so I got a friend to use Nero to burn my 300+ songs to a memorex CD-R and apparently he burnt them all half to one cd and half to another and yeah so I reformatted and now I'm trying to get them back into my computer and he told me to use FreeRip but its not working.

My computer denies that anything is in the D drive.

It normally does that, as in, I can hardly read recordable cds. Something I'm missing here?

My mom took it to her work and the dude says it doesnt look burnt, they say its maybe empty?

1. How can it *not look* burnt
2. Even if it's empty, that doesnt explain why my computer didnt even recognize it's existance for starters

So eh can somebody light the way for me because there are a number of possibilities and I GOD I JUST WONT BELIEVE THEY'RE EMPTY UNTIL I CAN KNOW FOR SURE BECAUSE THIS IS A BIG INVESTMENT

All in all, please help me read this goddamn cd. If you need more information, ask away.

Answer:Burned music on a CD-R that MY COMPUTER CANT READ!

Try IsoBuster. It will tell you if there's anything on the CD and, even if there was an error during burning, it will recover the files to your hard drive.

FreeRip won't see anything, it's only for backing up audio CDs, not data (which is what your MP3 CD is)

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Hi, I'm looking for music player app that can read .pla playlist that created using mtp other than xbox music and mixradio, I have ~1500 songs and I find it hard without playlist syncing, and creating a new playlist via app/phone is so boring.

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Why am I unable to delete music files from a CD-R disc. Every time I try an error message says Read Only file.

Answer:Deleting read only music files

simply put,they are on the disc not your pc, so you cant manipulate them just play them

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To fix any sort of issue you're experiencing with the Xbox music/video app to first needed to back up all your music files and folders.
Delete all the the music from your phone/sd card. Use a pc/laptop. DON'T delete songs using the app.
Let the app run without any music for a day. You'll see how smooth it is. Just keep constantly testing the app. Opening it and closing it again. Switch it in the multitasking.
After you've waited one entire day add your music back to your sd card/phone. Again using your laptop/pc.
And voila! Now the app will work like a charm. Multitasking, start up of the app, fluency and smoothness all work like they really should.
You're welcome in advance.

Answer:Everyone with any Xbox music app problem need to read this!

Hey so this is a tip :P Thanks :) But I think you chose the wrong page however a moderator will move it to a better location

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First... My system is a Systemax 1 GH Athlon running Windows ME.

I ordered a new Creative 12.10.32X CD-RW drive. It seemed to auto install and burns CD's. The problem is that now Windows media player says that nether the CD-ROM or new CD-RW drive can read music CD's digitally.

Normally, this might not be a problem. But besides the fact that I now can't use the EQ on the Media player, the "NCT Media Converter V1.2" now will not covert CD files to, for instance, "MP3" files for hard disk storage. The CD will not auto start either. There is also problems with recognizing CD music files for CD burn to the CD-RW drive.

I've tried to re-select read music CD digitally in the CD-ROM "System Preferences". It just switches back. Also tried to shut it off in the CD-RW drive. No luck...

IDE setup is...
Hard drive: IDE channel 1, Master
CD-ROM: IDE channel 2, Master
CD-RW: IDE channel 2, Slave


Answer:Installed CD-RW. Now CD-ROM will not read music CD's digitaly

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Recently my dvd/cd writer stopped recognising blank media and now does not even recognise anything. I cannot system restore as my restore points get deleted after each month and we have only just entered August so I have few restore points. I downloaded the driver update for my drive from click here and used the program to download the updates for my drive 'DVDRW-IDE1008', then when i clicked on upgrade to install the updates it says "Execute command errorA!! 5/20/ 0Flashing is incorrect!!" I have no idea what this means and as this is my only hope for getting my drive to work again i would appreciate any help, or suggestions on how else to fix the drive. Thanks a lot.

Answer:DVD/CD drive wont read disks, & driver wont update

"and as this is my only hope for getting my drive to work again"i can't imagine why you think that, as it was working OK previously.What you are trying to do is NOT a driver - CDs and DVD drives do not require drivers, other than the ones built-in to Windows. What you are trying to do is update the firmware inside the drive - clearl this is not faulty, or the drive would never have worked.If your drive will not recognise anything - I suggest as a first step, borrow a drive from elsewhere and try it out - it seems quite possible your drive has simply failed.Before you do that, just check inside that the cable that feeds it is still firmly plugged in at each end - both the drive and the motherboard - also the power cable.

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My windows media player 9 series wont play yahoo music videos it says I need windows media player 9 series final witch I have. I am running windows 98 SE with all the updates.

Answer:Solved: Windows media player 9 wont play yahoo music videos

lol, I had to turn off my debugger.

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I have an Equim A100-147. For some reason or another D drive will not read music CDs on my user profile. When I switch to another user (same computer) the drive works fine. What the hell do I need to do It is doing my box in? Please can anyone help as my itunes library is suffering badly?

p.s banging my head against a wall didn?t work either.

Answer:Equim A100 - drive does not read music CDs

Which OS you use?
Have you tried to play music CD using different players? Is the situation the same?
Who has created all those profiles?

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Windows XP

Please support me with some tips to resolve my problem.
One of my kids touch the computer and Now the computer CD-ROM can't read CDs, I can not play music CDs in the windows media player
and not even burn music CDS in Nero Express.
could you rescue me, please?
I will apreciated it!
Thanks for your support.

Answer:CD-ROM can't read music CDs and not even burn CDs in Nero Express

Did you maybe already try turning your machine completely off, waiting about 10 to 30 seconds, then turning it back on? What have you tried?

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I plug in a Memorex CD/DVD drive via USB.  The drive is recognized and all says good in Device Manager.  I insert a music CD and it plays just fine.  I insert a Data CD (trying to load an application) and it let me view the list of files, so I clicked on Setup, and it starts going crazy dropping off then adding back, then dropping off again.  Can't read any details, never even gives me an error message.  I ejected that and went back to a music CD and all if fine again.  I got ONE error message a while back with a BSOD that referred to fltmgr.sys but i have not been successful in interpreting what that meant.

Answer:Portable CD/DVD drive will play music CDs but won't read Dat...

Frustrated_Mom wrote:.... I insert a Data CD (trying to load an application) and it let me view the list of files, so I clicked on Setup, and it starts going crazy dropping off then adding back, then dropping off again.....Hi, That means nothing wrong with the device, you need to check the CD itself, the Setup.exi file could be damaged. The missing file may not on the CD. Regards.

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Hi there

i have a small or bigger problem i have added my music folder to the music library. That worked!
And all files there are indexed. The i start xbox music app. the app sync the library which need some time. after syncing it shows me that 7389 files are in library, BUT i have 7394 files in my music folder.

i tried to reindex the files. this did no change. and after a restart or the app it show me that thereare only 7388 files in library. it's a vey strange behaviour! anyone who has the same problems?

maybe it is only a bug?! but i can not check every file of the 7394. so i hope this is only a bug.

any users with same expierence there?

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I noticed a problem when some weird almost tribal sounding music started playing randomly on my computer. Nothing was open, just the desktop. After that I noticed a HUGE drop in performance. It is very difficult to get the computer up and running to a functional state. I use this laptop to search for jobs as I am a recent BS Chemical Engineering graduate. That said I cannot afford to pay for a fix or a new computer. The big problems are as follows, NO .net framework on the machine, no way to activate firewall, cannot use windows update, cannot use windows security (or any other program of the likes), no processing power, and a terrible memory error that does not allow me to "restore" my computer either to a system restore point or to factory. I will attach the requested scan files. Hopefully the ark.txt file is want you are looking for as this was the fifth attempt at running that program and I had issues every time it ran. If it helps at all I believe this virus came to me from a job search website. Not sure which one but that is 99% of what I use this computer for. HELP PLEASE!!!

Logfile of Trend Micro HijackThis v2.0.4
Scan saved at 1:36:09 AM, on 8/30/2012
Platform: Windows 7 (WinNT 6.00.3504)
MSIE: Internet Explorer v8.00 (8.00.7600.16385)
Boot mode: Normal

Running processes:
C:\Program Files (x86)\DigitalPersona\Bin\DPAgent.exe
C:\Program Files (x86)\Common Files\LightScribe\LightScribeControlPanel.exe
C:\ProgramData\Macrovision\FLEXnet Connect\6\ISUSPM.exe
... Read more

Answer:Random music virus (read other threads and did not help)

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Is tehre a simple music maker for the computer? Not something complicated, something small. Maybe freeware also? Something like the program my bros Erickson has, where you choose a pre-made sound loop and you just put it all together, etc.

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I have a Satellite A300M with the Mat****a DVD-Ram UJ-850s and am having extreme difficulty getting it to read music cd's.

It read everything else (DVD's, installation cd's) but refuses to read music cd's.

I am running Vista Home Premium 64bit, any help would be greatly appreciated.



Answer:Satellite A300 - Mat****a UJ-850s won't read music cd's


Do you mean the CD/DVD drive cannot read the mp3 disks or original music CDs?
Did you try to copy these music CDs to another CD using another computer and then to read the new burned CD?
Try this.

Otherwise I recommend deleting the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values completely from the following registry key:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class\{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

And then to test it again?

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Hi all,

Strange one here...

I've been using my cd drive ever since I got the poota to listen to music, burn music, burn files etc etc ... today started up the poota, put in a music cd, great, about half hour later took out the music cd put in a blank cd-rw to go burn something as normal, but I got the message 'd is not accessible, incorrect function' ... tried a few other cd-rw's, no joy.

Tried another cd-rw with files on, nothing, same message...

But it happily recognises music cd's, just not blank cd's or cd's with normal files on...

The other strange thing is when I put the CD-rw's in, the icon of the d drive changes to say cd-rw ... but I still get this bloody error message!

Anyone offer some help???


I've no idea what I did, but I turned off the poota, tried and but the problem was still there .... decided to uninstall and reinstall my burning software (grabbing at straws) ... and voila! ... for some reason it now works again ....

Answer:CD Drive won't read files, but plays music...

Ay Paison, you musta Poota the CD in the righta way dis time!

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i have an emachines with double layer burning 8.5 gb max capacity dvd+/-rw that all of a sudden will not read burned data/music/blank cds. I can play original program, game, music, dvd's but can no longer read or burn data music help please :wave:

Answer:emachines dvd+/-rw will not read burned data/music cds

I found one possibly related thread: Can't read or write DVD-r, dvd+rw's and cdr's work!

Maybe you need to reinstall mainboard drivers, like the last poster there did?

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Can I set Windows Live Mail to show emails that have been read in Gmail to show as Unread?
I have a Gmail account which I download all emails into WLM
I read the emails on Gmail sometimes when out, but don't want this to update to WLM as read as I will deal with the emails when home
Is there anyway of doing this
I have as IMAP

Answer:Windows Live Mail with Gmail show as not read in WLM when read in Gmail

I do not think that will be possible.

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It will read/play commercial dvd's,but not commercial music and data cds...

i have tried a brand new norton cd,but won't read this,and have tried other commercial programs but no luck....just clicks

the same with music,tried umpteen discs,same me please !!

Answer:Equium A100-027: CD/DVD player won't read data/music CDs

Have you tried this method already?

Go to device manager and remove the CD/DVD drive from the device list.

Then start the registry (regedit) and remove the Upperfilters and Lowerfilters values completely from the following registry key:
HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Contro l\Class{4D36E965-E325-11CE-BFC1-08002BE10318}

Restart then your notebook and after this windows installs it again. Perhaps this can fix your problem.

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Whenver i play utube music or w.e. it will freeze frequently and make noises because the video is playing. Then come back a bit later, but if i play a game it would much longer for that to even happen, but still freezes either way tho, but if u play utube, comes in faster, it's a 4+ yrs old computer, it's an all in one pc(ik it's lame =/) just want to know if it's my video card or what's causing the problem?

I mean i have stressed the video card for 30mins+ before, and nothing... Any ideas? I'll attach the logs, using SF diagnostic tool->grab all. I probably need to get a new computer, but if i somehow could fix this one, i could keep using it for a while longer at least. If you need more information, just reply to what i need to provide to you. Thanks.

Answer:BSOD playing utube music-read inside...

BugCheck D1, {538, 2, 0, fffff880040a6836}
This bugcheck indicates a driver attempted to access a pageable memory address when the IRQL was too high (2), to access pageable memory the IRQL must be at 1 or below. In this case, even if the IRQL was below 2 it would still bugcheck, given that A page fault which is what occurs when invalid memory is referenced in pageable memory isn't allowed to happen about IRQL 1 and it's an invalid address, I believe the starting address for user mode is something like 0x00010000 anything below is reserved so accessing it is not allowed.

fffff880`02f21be8 fffff800`02c8c169 : 00000000`0000000a 00000000`00000538 00000000`00000002 00000000`00000000 : nt!KeBugCheckEx
fffff880`02f21bf0 fffff800`02c8ade0 : 00000000`00000000 fffffa80`045e7f50 fffff880`009e6180 00000000`00000087 : nt!KiBugCheckDispatch+0x69
fffff880`02f21d30 fffff880`040a6836 : fffff880`040a90f1 fffffa80`068db770 fffff880`040a39f3 fffffa80`05fa6ab7 : nt!KiPageFault+0x260
fffff880`02f21ec8 fffff880`040a90f1 : fffffa80`068db770 fffff880`040a39f3 fffffa80`05fa6ab7 00000000`00000087 : athrx+0x59836
fffff880`02f21ed0 fffffa80`068db770 : fffff880`040a39f3 fffffa80`05fa6ab7 00000000`00000087 fffffa80`05926470 : athrx+0x5c0f1

1: kd> lmvm athrx
start end module name
fffff880`0404d000 fffff880`041ca000 athrx T (no symbols)
Loaded symbol image file: athrx.sys
Image path: \SystemRoot\system32\DRIVERS\ Read more

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Whenever I boot up my VAIO (VGN-SZ750N) laptop an all-blue screen appears only momentarily, so that there's no time to read any of what is clearly a very wordy warning in white typescript that fills the whole screen. How can I stop this long enough to read it and take whatever action it recommends?

then, something happens that may be related to this . . .

soon afterward, a boxed message appears saying: "System has recovered from a serious error . . . " Clicking on this results in a huge number of figures that would challenge anybody who attempted to write them down.

Answer:How to read warning that appears and disappears too fast to read on startup

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Hey there...ok...I have some files that are saved from the Macs at school...when I take them home to my PC (Win) they don't have the extensions on them...when I originally save something from Windows and take it to a Mac and modify and save it then take it back to my PC it still has the extension and keeps it since it was added by Windows...

So I am wondering there a program for Windows that recognizes Mac files and andds the extensions back??? I hate when I start work on some things at school and have to add the extensions to all the stuff I created when I take it back guess is the Macs store the extensions or what the file opens up with or whatever in their "._(filename)" files...that's annoying too...for every file you have another is created with a "._"...

Any help on this??? THANX

Answer:Files saved from Macs don't have ext.'s when read on Win. Need sftwre 2 read & convrt

I've never had that problem. If you save it as a "xxx" type document it doesn't matter if you have the software that created it on both Mac and PC (or software that can read the format) so I don't know how/what is going on with your situation.

BTW my experience is with using Word (forgot which version but it's on OS X) on a Mac and OpenOffice on my PC.

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I have a dell laptop, D620. When i first put it on the screen was loading funny. as i move the mouse over it a square at time would come in...then when i tried to boot it again. it said new user.. then it just woulnt boot got read error hit control alt delete...i called Dell they said hold fn key and hold start but it went into diagnostic mode. in a few minutes they said HARD DRIVE must be replaced.

My problem is now... that to recover the data companies want from $500 to 25oo to recover the data... is there any program or thing i can do to try to get my files back?

Marv Alpert
[email protected]

Answer:Hard Drive canNOT Be Read, Computer won't boot. Read Error

Hi malpert and welcome to the TechSpot Forum :wave:

As a laptop only has the ability to support 1 harddrive your option is to remove the drive from the laptop and connect it to a desktop PC using a 2.5" to 3.5" adaptor and try to read the files on it, however I would download the test tools from the makers website and run a thorough test on the drive to ensure readability of the drive.

Remember though if the drive has failed mechanically then any data may be lost and you will need to use one of the professional data recovery services such as "ontrack data recovery" to get it back.

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I tried unchecking read only.
When apply and look it is back to read only.

How can I make this read and write permission?

Answer:public tv folder read only? mythtv needs read write persmissions

You can do this by going into the C:>Users>Public folder properties, click the Sharing tab then click on the Advanced Sharing button showing in the first picture.

Click the box to share the folder like in the second picture, at that point the Permissions button will light up.

Click the permissions button, Add check marks for full control "third picture" then hit the Apply button, on all windows click Ok etc.

At this point the Public folder and it's subfolder will have read/write access.

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My dvd drive in my Emachines laptop cant read data disks anymore, but it can read/play music and video dvds without any problem.

I have an Emachines D732z. I have Windows XP and drive is hl-dt-st dvdram gt32n.

I'm unsure of the cause of the problem. Can anybody help out? thanks!

Answer:DVD drive can read video dvds but cant read data disks.

Are the Data discs CD's? When you say Musicand video dvd's do you mean Music Cds and Video dvds?

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Hi, I'm sort of new to forums, but I have a bit of a pickle, I have a red shield with a white x in it that resembles the windows defender icon in my system tray, when I hover over it it says "Your computer is infected !" When clicked it pops up a window saying: "would you like to update your security software and download registry cleaner?" and occasionally a ballon pops out of the system tray saying "Windows has detected spyware infection which corrupted the registry. It is recommended to load update to prevent data loss. Windows will now download and install the most up-to-date software for you. Click here to protect your computer."

I followed all the directions in the read & run me first thread, and nothing seemed to help, I'm attaching all the logs except counterspy as I couldn't find a way to get it to output a log in text format or anything, it said 0 malware found in everything except in my cookies there was 2 that it deleted.

again any help anyone could offer would be greatly appreciated.

Answer:red shield with a white x causing problems, did read the read and run me first

here are the other files

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hai everyone i've got some problem with my dvd drive, CDDVDW TS-T633P
from HP touchsmart 600 1137D

my dvd can't read or play dvd movie, i reinstall it few times but it can;t solve the problem

can anyone help me about this? i need sugestion

Answer:dvd drive can't read dvd movie, but can read data dvd or dvd games

Shot in the dark...

Go to the Device Manager and find the entry for your DVD. Right click it and select properties then "Region" and make sure a region is set for the drive. Without a region set it won't play movie DVDs.

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My CD Drive has started giving me problems.
It doesn't read all the CD I put in (Particularly Audio CDs).

It Plays DVDs fine.
I'm also unable to burn CDs as the system doesn't detect a CD.

Any suggestions on what I should be doing?

Answer:Satellite A100-033 - ODD doesn't read all CDs but read DVDs


Maybe there is dust on the lens of the CD/DVD drive so I recommend cleansing the lens.

Further you should try to remove the upper and lower filters in registry. This does often solve with the CD/DVD drive so check the workaround on the Microsoft website:

In worst case the CD/DVD drive must be replaced :(

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Ok I just spent about three hours looking in this forum to solve my problem and no dice.

Here it goes: I'm running xp pro and I have a Norcent RW-481 48x12x48 CDRW probably not the best brand but oh well. I'm using Nero 6, InCD is not installed.

The problem: It does not recognize any data CD's or any CD's that the drive itself writes. I can play an audio CD, which elimates (I think) that the read lense is dirty and I can burn a CD, which elimates (I think) that my burn lense is dirty. I'm mentioning dirty lenses because a post in this forum suggested that a dirty lense may be the problem. So, before taking things apart I wanted to post in the forum the problem. Any other suggestions of what else I can look for?

More info: I even switched around the jumpers from cable select to master, same result.

I really believe I have a setting wrong in my XP pro operating system. Any suggestions????? :cronfused:

Lastly, The drive is recognized corectly in device manager

Answer:CDRW Will Burn, Read Audio, not Read Data

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Using outlook 2003 and a pop3 server to access my webmail email, i am able to send and recieve. However when i read my emails and close outlook the items remain unread when i check outlook later. This happens quite often and is very annoying... any help is appreciated.

windows xp SP2

2 gig ram

Athlon 64 FX - 53: 2.4ghz

Answer:Outlook 2003: not marking read items as read

Outlook Express has a tab to fix this-maybe Outlook has the same.
check Mark Messages READ after displaying (add 5 seconds)

Maybe that seconds number has been raised above the time you take to scan messages. OE doesnt care IF you peek at a message-it cares HOW long you stare at it.

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When I put a disk into my Sony DVD RW DW-D22A drive, it will not read the media. I'm not getting any error like "Drive not ready" or "Drive not recognized" tries to read it, but shows it as empty (files attached to show what I mean).

Any thoughts?

Windows XP



Answer:DVD RW won't read media

Is that the same for ANY disc, including CD as against DVD and does it include dvd`s burnt on this computer
and is the dvd not seen on this computer recognised in your windows 7 computer.

and not knowing your level of knowledge have you checked device manager to see if there are any warnings against the device

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Question: Dvd rom wont read

I have toshiba sd c2202 cd/dvd rom drive in a sony vaio pcg f490 but now it wont read dvd's i put in and it comes up with wrong format or corrupted disk I cleaned the lense tried dvd region code..Iv'e tried various dvd programs none work.. but it reads cd and os disk great.. all help greatly appreciated .

Answer:Dvd rom wont read

Have you tried the drive in another system? This will tell you pretty quick if it is a drive problem OR perhaps a software problem.

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Question: dvd-rom wont read!

i came across this website searching for ways to fix my DVD problem. <-this is the problem i am having. except i have two separate roms, one is a cd-rw and my dvd rom is a samsung sd-608.

my os is windows 98 se.
i use powerdvd to watch dvd.

and one of the advices from that thread is to dl another dvd player, so thats what i am doing at the moment. but i would love other suggestions and advices because this is really frustrating!!

Answer:dvd-rom wont read!

You need at least Windows Millenium ,right video card and sound card.for dvd support and a dvd player.Powerdvd is the best.
It all works fine for me,
ATI 9000 pro,128
SB Audigy2
and 4.1 surround speakers.

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Question: CD wont read

Hello all. My system is a dell inspiron 6000My problem: The cd drive will not read cd's at all. It will read and play dvds. just not cd'sany ideas folks? I have not changed or reconfigured anything at all.... it just stopped working. any advice would be great, thank you

Answer:CD wont read

You could try running a cleaning disk in case it is dirty, but the DVD and CD functions are separate so it could also be the CD part has failed.

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Question: cd wont read in 2k


I bought some software lately and put it in one of the newer machines that runs windows 2k. Its a IBM generic clone that I built with P4 and Asus board. I have a cd/dvd player, and a acer writer.

Both of the cd players see the cd, and I can press the Image Launch Installer tab, It starts the program for about 2-3 seconds then stops.

I tried the other cd player, but it did the same thing. I thought that it was a bad cd, but I put it in my other pc running win98SE and the program off the cd installed fine, so I tried my laptop that has XP Pro. It installed without a problem to. I cancelled both setups because I need the program on the win 2k machine.

So I am wondering if there is a Windows 2k cd problem that I am not aware of. I checked the device manager and it was error free.

The cd players have been seeing and installing all of the other cd's that I have installed drivers for the main board, cd writer, dvd player and so on. So far this is the first cd that starts but quickly stops after the "Demo Shield " box apears. It sees the cd, starts the program, I click the Launch Installer tab, then the demo shield comes up, and then the player simply stops.

Any help is greatly appreciated!


Answer:cd wont read in 2k

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Question: CD-ROM wont read?

A while ago i got a Memorex 48x cd-rom and put it in my computer. The CD-ROM never worked very well in teh first place. It would rarely play autoruns, and wouldn't detect that a different cd was in the drive until i restarted it. Today, however, it got even worse. The drive was working fine all day, until just an hour or so ago it decided to quit reading cds. It is detected by the BIOS on boot up, is listed in the "My Computer" screen, but always as a empty drive and if you click on it it says "E:\ not accessable. Drive not ready". It has power, and according to windows it works fine. It just won't read anymore. Has it just bit the big one?
My comp specs are:
Windows 98 se
Amptron K7VZM motherboard with onboard sound and lan
AMD thunderbird 750mhz processor
48x Memorex cd-rom(which has the problem) as secondary master
Memorex 2x2x16 CD-RW as secondary slave
2.1 GB hd as primary master
6.4 GB hd as primary slave

Answer:CD-ROM wont read?

Hi Magus277
You could try reseating the data cablr to the drive and cleaning the drive. (air, cleaner kit) Try booting off your windows98 boot disk with cd rom support enabled. Put a known good data disk (like your windows 98CD)in your CDROM. Then at the prompt type DIR. You should get a list of the files on the CD. If not your CD rom is bad. BOL

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Here is the problem. I just bought a new PC, and after intalling winows xp pro, the dvd/cd drive wont read. Sometimes I get this error..."Only part of a readprocessmemory or Writeprocessmemory request was completed".
It is a Liteon dvd/cd Double layer drive.
Now.. Sometimes it will work if i turn it off and swap the IDE cable to slot 2, then power up install those drivers, then turn it off and put it back to slot 1. After doing this, it may read once! Then if I change cd I may get the Erorr, or It will just spin really fast and read 0bytes.
Because of this I can't even properly install by mobo, or gfx card.
Here are the specs...
Asus A8N SLI Deluxe
AMD 3200+ Proc
Maxtor 160 Gb SATA
NVidia Ge Force 7300 256mb
512 Ultra 3200ddr2 RAM
Ultra XFinity 500Watt PSU
And the Liteon that wont read.
Everything else but the sound works great
I'm stumpped, and have searched hard. Fresh install if that helps...All new!
Thanks in advance

Answer:DVD/CD rom Wont read..oh my?



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Question: wont read ram

i jsut finished installing my new psu and ram, upon booting up an runnin cpuz it tells me the ram in slot 4# isnt there when i know it is lol, it is properly put in its slots an colour coded correctly as its partner in slot 2# is being recognised any idea why the ram in slot 4# is not being recognised thanks 4 your help

Answer:wont read ram


Try running MemTest86 to make sure that the stick is good. If it is and still not being recognized then there could be a issue with that slot on your Mobo. Also check voltages and that to make sure they are correct.

Memtest86 - Download Page
MemTest86 download

Burning ISO Images with ImgBurn - NeoSmart Technologies Wiki
Easy way to burn the ISO.


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