Cannot read Story CD's in new car

November 18, 2010 at 09:25:58
Specs: Windows XP
I have had 2 cars with cd players in (not sure what make of players). I d/l stories from Librivox - no problem - and have been listening for a few years. Just changed car and re-inserted the story I was half way though, but it will not work. It starts "counting" on the dial but no sounds. Music home cd's work fine.I am using CD-R and saving as a DATA file.
Hope you can help me.

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November 18, 2010 at 12:14:34
The laser lens inside the CD player may be "dirty".
Try using a laser lens cleaning CD in the drive.

Whatever CD player model the car has must have the capability of reading the type of file that's on the CD-R - all players can read *.cda (legacy audio) files - a really old car CD player may not be able to read any other type of file - newer players can read *.mp3 files. Look up the model's detailed specs on the web.

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November 18, 2010 at 14:14:13
You probably are not creating the CDR correctly or using the wrong type of file as mentioned above.

From browsing the site it appears the files are MP3 format. What burning program are you using to make the disks?

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November 18, 2010 at 14:53:24
You must have the Control Panel - Folder Options - View settings set so the file extensions show up in Windows, otherwise most of them will not be displayed by default. E.g. remove the checkmark before Hide extensions for known file types, click on OK to Save settings.
If the CD you copied has hidden files on it, you must also allow Windows to show hidden files there, so that the burning program can see them, otherwise the copy may not work.

There are freeware programs on the web that can convert one sound file type to another.

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