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#1 rhoadesb

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Posted 04 December 2010 - 04:32 PM

I have two older computers. Both running win95. One can access CDs normally. The other can only access ones that are a startup/setup CD, otherwise it does not even acknowledge the existence of the CD in the slot.

And ideas what might cause such a scenario, and how I can get both accessing CDs regardless of content?

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 11:00 AM

Do the CD's show in Windows Explorer or My Computer? :wink:

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Posted 05 December 2010 - 01:23 PM

Thank you for responding.

No. The one in question just indicates that there is no CD in the drive.

But, as I said, if I place a startup/autorun CD in there, it starts right up.

Maybe it's read only, but if so, I would think it would still at least ... read ;) misc data on CDs.

I have tried multiple CDs, so I know it's not just a bad CD.

Edited by rhoadesb, 05 December 2010 - 01:47 PM.


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Posted 05 December 2010 - 02:57 PM

But, as I said, if I place a startup/autorun CD in there, it starts right up.

Maybe it's read only, but if so, I would think it would still at least ... read ;) misc data on CDs.

How are you place a startup/autorun CD in there?

Are you sure its a CD and not a DVD, those won't show in a CD drive? It shouldn't make any difference if its read only all CD files are read only on Win9x. :wink:

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 06:42 AM

Are the setup CDs commercial pressings and the others burned discs? Some older drives with fixed laser power may only be able to read the highly reflective commercial pressings.

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Posted 07 December 2010 - 02:31 PM

If you havent done so already, try reseating the IDE cable on both ends

WHat Platypus mentioned is correct. SOme older drives could not read burned cd's or sometimes could only read certain brands
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Posted 07 December 2010 - 02:55 PM

Thanks for the replies.

"Are the setup CDs commercial pressings and the others burned discs?"

Yes.

"If you havent done so already, try reseating the IDE cable on both ends"

I thought finding this might be quicker than asking ;) :

"The function of ide cable?
An IDE cable connects a hard drive or CD drive to the main board of the computer."

I might give that a try.

Edited by rhoadesb, 07 December 2010 - 03:37 PM.


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Posted 08 December 2010 - 07:08 PM

Are the computers identical and both use the same make and model CD Drive?

Is this a recent developement or have they always been this way?

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 01:58 PM

"Are the computers identical and both use the same make and model CD Drive?"

They are different. The one with the problem was custom made 13 years ago. The other is an "off the shelf" Dell Dimension L500cx that was likely new circa 2000.

The older one has a CDROM drive labeled OTI SCYLLA F011 if I understand properly. Control panel data indicates it is operating properly.

The Dell has a Lite-On LTN483S 48x max CD drive. It too is indicated as working properly per Control Panel information.

Both are indicated as not needing, or having a driver.


"Is this a recent developement or have they always been this way?"

As far as I know, both machines have always operated the way they are operating now.

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 03:28 PM

They are different. The one with the problem was custom made 13 years ago. The other is an "off the shelf" Dell Dimension L500cx that was likely new circa 2000.

Well, it is not a problem so to speak, they are just made that way. Many older CD-ROM drives simply can not read CD-R or CD-RW. Some of the older ones are capable of reading some speeds of CD-R's and not others. Short of updating the drive, there isn't much you can do about it

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 05:33 PM

Thank you for the information.




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