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My Cd-rom drive won't play my audio CDs

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  1. nanken4

    nanken4 Thread Starter

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    Hi, I am new here and am very grateful that an online forum like this exists to help people like me who have problems.
    When I insert an audio cd into my drive, it won't spin and then play. Even when I go to my Real Player or Cd Player it says that there is no disc inserted. Now when I put in my clipart cd-roms it works just fine. Does anyone know what's wrong? I've checked my wires and everything is plugged in correctly.

    When I have a CD inserted and go to My Computer and then click onto the "R" drive, it lists the set and number of songs on the CD but when I click onto them they won't play. I'd appreciate any help you may offer. Thank you in advance! :)
     
  2. JohnWill

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    Try putting a set of earphones in the front panel jack and seeing if it's playing there. You may have to adjust the volume control on the panel of the drive to hear it. If it's playing there, it's most likely either the audio cable is missing, or your sound card setting are incorrect for CD audio.
     
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    The earphones worked, but how do I adjust the settings on my sound card? Thanks for getting back to me:D
     
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    If you are using windows media player there is an option there that will aloow you to adjust the volume. Also if you have a little speaker in the taskbar by the time double click it and check the settings there. Make sure mute is not check.
     
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    I checked all my volume controls and none are on mute. I just don't get it. I've never had a problem like this before:confused:
     
  6. JohnWill

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    Has the machine been apart since it stopped playing? What O/S are you running?
     
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    Nope, haven't taken it apart. It's Windows 98 SE and the only thing I've done differently was update Quicktime. I'm thinking that my cd-rom is just broke because it doesn't want to spin an audio cd. I don't know, but I appreciate all the replies and if you have an idea of what to do please let me know. :)
     
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    If you can access data cd's it is not broke. If you can not access aby cd disks then it may be the drive. If it happened when you added Quicktime that may be the problem.

    Try accessing a game or other disk and let us know.
     
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    I inserted a PC game and it worked except there was no sound. I even deleted Quicktime just to see what would happen, but nothing changed:( Any more ideas?:cool:
     
  10. rugrat

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    Have you moved the PC recently? There is a cable going from the cd to the sound card (or motherboard if audio is on board) that may have come loose.

    Just a thought
     
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    The drive should be ok then. Are you getting any sound at all on the computer? Like the windows start and shut down?
     
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    It's pretty clear that the CD drive isn't broken, since it plays the audio CD's through the front panel. It's obviously spinning them, they don't play well if they aren't spinning! :D

    I think you have toasted your sound card settings with the installation of Quicktime, but it's difficult to say without seeing it. I think it's time to uninstall the sound card software totally, reboot and reinstall it.

    I never did see an answer to the question if you were getting ANY sounds from the computer, are you?
     
  13. nanken4

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    Nope, I can't get any sound at all; not even any of the Windows sounds or viewing e-cards on the net. Nothing. I did tighten up all the wires last night but it didn't change anything unfortunately. When I played an audio CD right before I noticed I wasn't receiving sound, the audio was terrible; very scratchy and tinny. Playing a CD never sounded that bad before. Could it be my speakers?
     
  14. rugrat

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    My thought at this point is your sound drivers are corrupted. I would suggest going into control panel and removing the sound card. Reboot and let windows re-install. Ensure you have the sound card driver disk handy.

    SeeYa
     
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    Thanks, Rugrat, for the response. This may be a stupid question, but where is my sound card on the control panel?:eek:
     
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