CD Drive won't play

Hewlett-packard Pavilion 6730 intel cel...
April 6, 2010 at 22:36:59
Specs: Windows 98 SE, 256mb
Hello. Hope you can help me with this. I have an HP 6730 running Windows 98 SE that doesn't recognize .cda files anymore. It used to play them fine. It won't play music in games that use .cda's now. Even the basic Windows CD Player will not play a commercial music CD. Although it recognizes and "plays" the tracks with the counter running, there is no sound. All other software based sound such as Midi's, .wav's, mp3's play fine. The CD drive is enabled under device manager. System and CD volume are up and mute is not selected. The same is true for the actual speakers. All connections are solid. There are no device conflicts or error messages except when using Media Player 7, it says something like "no support for .cda files." This is very strange because Media Player 7 is what I used to play CD's on. CD-based applications, CD burning and the games themselves are otherwise unaffected. Any ideas?

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April 7, 2010 at 00:08:41
Ok, I got part of the issue resolved. Nero's InCD packet writing feature was causing the .cda's to not be recognized. So now I have the capability to play music CD's. Weird thing is the CD music in my games still isn't playing (again midi's, wav's and everything else audio is fine), Also, Media Player 7 now reports that the settings will be changed from digital to analog, but that my CD's will still play. Craziest thing I've ever seen.

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April 7, 2010 at 11:14:24
You could try installing the K-Lite codec pack to see if that helps.

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April 7, 2010 at 21:08:16
Upon further investigation, I have found that the music not playing in the game in fact comes from one .snd file. Unfortunately, I don't see .snd support under K-Lite, nor would I expect it given that to my understanding, the .snd file type is one of the more fundamental sound filetypes native to Windows. Thanks for the try though.

I've also examined the installation CD to the game thinking maybe it was damaged, but it's not. It's in great condition.

I've also researched files supported by media player 7 and as expected, .snd files are listed. As this issue crosses onto several other versions of the same game, I'm beginning to think that this is a CD drive driver issue.

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