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CD drive cannot read w/out outside app.

By Goofball ·
I have recently installed XP Pro. Since the instaltion, my LITE ON LTR 12101B drive cannot read data CDs at all, and can only read audio (non MP3) CDs through other programs like RealPlayer or Windows Media Player. I cannot go directly to the drive letter and open or explore. It always show 0 objects. The drive will still burn CDs using Nero, but cannot read them after the disc is burned. The disc I burned can be read by other PCs, or if I switch to another hard drive I have w/ Windows ME on it. With this other drive, the CD Drive works perfectly. Any suggestions??

PS: The XP I got came from BCD2000.com. They do not have a real tech support or even customer care link. I called Microsoft and they turned me away saying BCD2000 ought to cover all issue s as it was an OEM disc I bought, and part of BCD2000's licensing agreement is to cover technical issues w/ Microsoft product problem for thier customers.

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to CD drive cannot read w/ou ...

Microsoft is right they do not support oem's Your PC supplier is responcible for making sure that all hardware and software is in compliance with the oem op-system that they are installing. It's the price you pay for the cut down version.

You can goto the lite-on (i think it's LG electronics) and download/install the win-XP drivers for the CDROM. Apart from that I know no other resolve.

regards
rick

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by Goofball In reply to

I went to Lite-on's site and they do not have a driver for the model I have. I asked for them to send me one, but hope to have this resolved sooner than they can respond, if they do. Is there a good driver site that'll have what I'm looking for without having to subscribe to that particular site?

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to CD drive cannot read w/ou ...

If the manufacturer does not have a driver that works with your specific CDROM drive and the intended operating system then you are out of luck unless you can play around with generic xp drivers for CD devices till you find one that works for your specific cd drive. However be aware that if you get the cdrom device working for readback you may loose record capabilities.

Microsoft has a HCL for CDROM/R\W drives that are XP compatible and you may just have to go there to find which make/models you can use with XP Pro.

regards
rick

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to

I think the general driver site is
www.devicedrivers.com . you do need to subscribe and they will give you a login and password but it's free and you can return as many times as you want. They don't send you a bunch of spam either.

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by Goofball In reply to

OK. I went out and bought a new CD-RW. A Samsung this time. I installed it and got the newest driver for the new CD drive from the Samsung site. I also putin a new cable for the device. I am still having the exact same issue. I have not gotten a response from BCD200 (no big freakin' surprise there!!) Any help would be greatly appreciated. I suspect a bad install of WIndows XP, but cannot get the disc to read to run the repair. HELP!!!

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to CD drive cannot read w/ou ...

Ok we will go back to basics. I presume this is a new pc. First check bios settings as this is always seen before the whatever operating system. If the cdrom is recognized at the bios level you can proceed on otherwise back up and recheck cables and where you have the drive set. Note win 98 and win ME are forgiving if CDROM is on wrong channel but motherboards working with win 2K and XP ARE NOT!!!. This means that in order to properly boot from the cdrom it MUST be set explicitely to MASTER or SLAVE and not to cable select!! ok.

If you suspect corupt winXP install or possibly not having motherboard driver installed right do not attempt repair until you have backed up your important data first. Correcting the install will undoubtedly result in loss of ALL data this is because most installations treat the harddisk as one huge volume instead of establishing separate partitions for programs and data.

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by tech_wiz03 In reply to

To correct the install of win XP it is preferred method to partition drive into at least 2 partitions so future XP problems do not result in data demise. Install order must be winXP then Patches for XP to prevent huge infection issues, then firewall and anti-virus, then with firewall and antivirus working you can connect to net.

Install ALL updates desired from net, then go through and install motherboard specific drivers. Load order for programs should be programs specifically for working with with devices like the cd burner, webcam, scanners, camera's, video, sound. Then you can finish with applications

hope this all helps

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