Trouble reading CD

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Canajaneh

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My D drive doesn't seem to recognize CDs I (or friends) have burned in the past. I keep getting the message "Please insert a disk into Drive D".

It does recognize/read commercial CDs.

There is nothing wrong with the CDs it does not recognize because I have tried them the computer at the Community Centre.

Does anyone have any thoughts on what the problem might be?

Thanks.
 

dai

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you have probably used a poor quality disk or you could try a lens cleaner if it is only your computer that is not reading them
 

Canajaneh

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I'm using Sony CDs. If I insert a new Sony CD it recognizes it.

I got one CD with photographs on it from my son and my D drive won't recognize it!
 
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Its to do with the reflectivity of the dye substrate used in the different brands of CD, plus the output of the laser in the drive.

The lasers power drops of with age/use and the dye varies between makes of disks.

Its particularly noticeable with CD-RW disks.

There is not much you can do apart from choosing media that is recognised by your drive, or replacing the drive.
 
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depending on the make and model of your CDRW, you may be able to update it by looking for a firmware update on your manufacturer's site.

have you cleaned your CDRW? not the disks, but the unit itself. they make special insertion devices that clean it out. it may be just that simple.

i'd try these before i dumped the drive. :)

V***V
 

Canajaneh

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Thanks, dai, kiwiguy and vesselle

Dai – the CD I can read on the com.centre computer is the one my son burned – I can also read others that I have burned at the com.centre.

Kiwiguy – These are CD-Rs that I’m having problems with. I stopped using CD-RWs after problems with Roxio. I have gone back to using Easy CD Creator 4.

Vesselle – My CD burner is a Matshita (?) and it’s an all-in-one – CD ROM and CD Burner. Haven’t cleaned the drive since I bought the computer end 2001 – wouldn’t know where to start!!! Will check out Staples and Future Shop. Will also check out the Matshita website and hope I can figure out the firmware bit.

Thanks for your help -
 
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