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Quick Q for the more tech(?) savvy

April 26th, 2009 (09:27 am)

current mood: tired

I was trying to rip a CD last night, but the drive (laptop's DVD drive) wouldn't recognise the CD. It doesn't seem to be the disk (plays fine on my portable CD player), nor does it seem to be the drive (ripped a different CD without problems), so I'm wondering if it's because the CD is so old. (The CD was released in 1991.) Any ideas on how I can get my drive to recognise the disk (if it's possible)?



Posted by: うさ-p: It got all pruny in the brain water. (usa_p)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 05:19 pm (UTC)

EVERY PC I have ever owned has done this at one point or another, and I am not even exaggerating when I say EVERY, even the ones at work. One thing you can try is to restart the computer with the disk already in the drive. Sometimes that works, but you might now be able to switch CDs without restarting.

I don't know why it happens. It starts slow - innocently enough - but it drives me crazy, because it ALWAYS happens to me. Sometimes it's that the computer forgets it even has a CD drive, and other times, it simply doesn't read. Every once in a while a computer will remember how to work properly a few months or years down the line, but not always. And the thing that gets me is that everyone looks at me funny when I say I have this problem, even techs. It's not possible that it only happens to me, and I am glad to be validated.

[This computer I'm on now (less than 1 year old) couldn't find its CD drive for about 4 months, but it finally found it again last month.]

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 08:32 pm (UTC)

*laughs* Well they are rather temperamental, and I swear they love tormenting us. :P What's really lovely is that the system says the drive is working fine blah, blah, blah. Oh well. The desktop ripped the disk fine, so at least I have some music. ^_^

Posted by: Vedran Empress (vedranempress)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 07:07 pm (UTC)

Could you please insert a different CD and see if the laptop will recognize/play it?

If it doesn't, then check your "Device manager" (right click on My Computer, click on Properties, then click on Hardware tab). In the Device Manager, see if there's an exclamation point or something next to the CD/DVD drive. If there is, you need to re-install your drives. The CD that came with your laptop should have it or you can download it off the net.

Posted by: Shadow (kagedreams)
Posted at: April 26th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)

Looks like it might be a drive issue. (My Comp reports no problems and claims the drive is working fine and that the drivers are all up-to-date.) I didn't think too much on that end since it ripped a different CD after not recognising the first CD I tried ripping last night, but it seems to be struggling more today. (Wouldn't recognise any CDs but recognised a game disk.) Mokkun might need to have some work done on him. *sigh*

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