CD won’t play

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I have a CD that is for training users on Word 2002. I cannot get it to play on any of the lab computers. It will play on one workstation that has a CD-RW but the rest are just 42X CD-ROMS and they won't play the CD. I have checked the Auto Play functions and changed the CD-ROMS from master to slaves checked the BIOS to make sure the second IDE controller was enabled and it still won't work. The workstations are PIII 733MHz with 256MB RAM running Windows XP Pro. Does anyone have any ideas???

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Over the years I’ve had experience with many CD discs that just won’t play. They look good, the drives operate well, but the discs just won’t play. One guy told me there might be a tiny imperfection in the CD disc at a critical spot in the software that could interfere with play.

I don’t really know, but one thing I’ve tried is to copy the CD to another blank disc. Use your server’s burner to make the copy. Make sure you test and verify during the copy. The new copy is likely to be defect-free and could work better than the original.
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  • Squasher
    Hiya make another CD - but dont copy directly. Copy the CD to Harddisk and then burn from there. It may be a speed issue so make sure you drop the speed of write down to max 24
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  • Shootfirst
    I agree with last reply to reduce the speed when you burn the new CD. In my experince, I had to bring down to 8x.
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  • Dpiatt
    Mybe the disk is burnt as a drive disk as opposed to a data disk? That would explain it not working on a non-RW drive. RW drives come with software to read in a slightly different format. Reburn as a data disk and make sure it is a CDR disk your burning to and test - What software are you using to burn the disk? Hope this helps - I know it can be frustrating.
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  • Imazing
    I would try yo burn it on to a CD-R disc some older Cd-ROM drives have a problem reading CD-RW discs. If that doesn't work some CD Burning software vendors send a small driver that needs to be installed on a PC that just has a plain CD-ROM in order to read cd's burned with their software Good Luck
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  • Mistoffeles
    I don't know if it's been changed at some point, but back when I used CD-RW discs they could not be read on CD-R drives, only CD-RW drives. You could try making a CD-R copy on a CD-R disc using the burner, or you could just make an ISO copy of it and transfer it through the network to the machine you want to use it on, and then use DaemonTools or Alcohol 60%/120% to access it as a virtual CD-ROM. I assume, of course, that you have legitimate claim to use of this this training material? If so, both solutions should be legitimate ways to allow you access to your training CD.
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  • EricHarris
    Try finalizing the CD. When a CD is created things can be added to it with a CD RW but a standard CDR drive won't be able to read it until it is "closed" so that it can't take additions without being erased.
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  • M4nc1n1
    If it is a RW use a R. The disc probably isn't closed so only a writer will read it.
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  • WHDILLON
    I pretty much agree with the other replies. Use a CDR rather than a CDRW, and reduce burning speed to slowest. Been there and done that William
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