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XP won't play audio cd

By clarkcomputer ·
User has a Dell 4600 (if memory serves) running XP Pro w/SP2. Recently it stopped playing audio CDs. Reloaded driver, replaced CD drive with another new one from Dell. Still, won't play audio. Play games and otherwise executes CDs, though. Not sure where else to turn. Any ideas?

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Look at connection

by Dontknowwhatimdoing In reply to XP won't play audio cd

You didn't state if you have any sound when playing games so I'm assuming you don't. You might check the cable from the drive to the sound card.

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connection ok

by clarkcomputer In reply to Look at connection

sorry, i didn't mention it, but i do get sound for other things. windows media player gives me a message that says it doesn't recognize the media type. it's an off-the-shelf cd, not one that was burned
thanks, though

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What about other audio CD's

by Dontknowwhatimdoing In reply to connection ok

Does it play any other audio CD's from a different manufacturer? If it does then maybe it's the manufacturer.
If it doesn't, did you by chance upgrade Windows Media Player?

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no audio cds

by clarkcomputer In reply to What about other audio CD ...

it does not play any audio cds and it did not recently upgrade (???) i'm running Win MP version 9

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The reason I asked is that the latest

by Dontknowwhatimdoing In reply to no audio cds

version of Media Player is 11.

Were any games or other software recently installed? The reason I asked is just like zlito stated, other programs could have changed the file type association.

You might try re-installing Windows Media Player. I have not personally used MP 11 but have seen it installed on several computers and they SEEM to be functioning o.k.

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recently intalled a game or two and

by clarkcomputer In reply to The reason I asked is tha ...

some other stuff... can't say exactly...
but real player won't play music either. found out today that the machine can't play dvds either. something deep down must be wrong. can't figure it out.
i'll try downloading and installing Media Player 10.
i don't think that's going to help, though

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Try this.

by Dontknowwhatimdoing In reply to recently intalled a game ...

See if this matches your problem. It looks like it does. The link also provides a workaround. I really didn't look at the workaround though.
http://support.microsoft.com/kb/96859/en-us

Hope this helps.

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check bios

by jamesatmaisonverre In reply to XP won't play audio cd

Check that the sound card is enabled in the bios.If not i fear it might need a fix

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sound card is ok

by clarkcomputer In reply to check bios

sorry, i didn't mention it, but i do get sound for other things. windows media player gives me a message that says it doesn't recognize the media type. it's an off-the-shelf cd, not one that was burned
thanks, though

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Audio Wire

by jasonbrmn In reply to XP won't play audio cd

Check that the audio wire connection from the back of your cd player is installed right on the sound card.

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