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CD rom cannot read CD-R

By shantie ·
While repairing a few computers I have found that the cd rom drives will not read from a CD-R disc.
These discs have been burned on my own computer using Nero. Occasionally if I have to install drivers onto a customers computer, I download them to my computer, burn them and then put the disc into the customers CD rom drive to install the drivers. With no luck, just will not read them. This has happened a few times and then I have to put the customers hard drive onto my computer to install the drivers, why do certain Cd rom drives not read these. One CD rom drive was even new, does that mean it is the customers computer? or is it the discs, I have noticed that some discs are thinner than others. Is it best to use the more expensive brands. I have tried a few different ones. At present using TDK CD-RW and Verbatin CD-Rs. Could anyone explain why this is happening. Thank you

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by TheChas In reply to CD rom cannot read CD-R

You often need the IDE drivers for the chip-set on the motherboard installed before the CD drive will function properly. This is VERY true for W95 and W98.

Next, for CD-RW disks, you need the reader software that matches your CD-RW software installed on the target PC before it can read RW disks.

I have found that it is "best" to close the CD and not just the session when burning a CD to be read on other PCs.

Another factor could be laser alignment between the 2 drives.

If your burner is at one side of the limit, and the reader drive is at the other side, you can have reading problems.

Chas

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thanks for the answer, sounds right, never thought about the burning software just to read the disc. Regards Conchitta

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