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Old 01-13-05   #1
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My PC will not play CDs

It will play a couple of tracks, and then crash. Sometimes it won't play at all. I've tried in WMP, RealPlayer, iTunes and Winamp. Why is it doing this?

I put it here because the computer forum scares me, as I am useless with technology other than games consoles.
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I'll try and help you out... few questions first:

Is this happening with only a couple of cd's, or all of them?

Does your computer only crash when it plays audio CDs, or does it do the same with data cd's?

Also, does the PC kick back an error message when it crashes, or does the system just halt or restart?
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All of them.
Just audio CDs.
Stops playing the CD, or makes it jump, and then I try to close it and have to click the 'end now' button because it's not responding.
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do you have another cd/dvd drive in your computer that you can test it on?

ok bear with me here, this MIGHT help if it's not already set:
*goto Control Panel then System.
*in System properties, click on the Hardware tab. on that page, click Device Manager.
*expand the IDE ATA/ATAPI controllers section...you should see
-Primary IDE Channel
-Secondary IDE Channel
-<extra crap>
*Double click Second IDE Channel
*click Advanced Settings, and under that page make sure Device 0 and Device 1 is set for 'DMA if available', under transfer mode. <<this is all assuming that your cd-rom is on the second IDE channel, most computer setups are this way>>

sorry if that's a bit out there... hopefully that will work. Goodluck.

one more thing: worse case senario.. the drive may be dying. I recently had my DVD-ROM crap out on me.. it would run for a bit, then start slowing down and start stuttering. It got progressively worse the more I used it..
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Thankyou for that. I got as far as step 5 and then it wouldn't let me click on anything, because I have no admin priveleges even though all the programs are in my name. Arse.

I'll just put it on my laptop, she loves playing my CDs. I should give her a cookie.
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