CDRW No Disk in Drive!

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June 19, 2010 at 20:50:02
Specs: Windows XP, 2.81ghz/952mhz
Hi Guys, Got a problem with a CDRW that gives error of "No disk in drive" when having a game cd in drive when I clicked on cdrw to open.

I've checked it with other cds as in windows cd "cdfs" and it reads it., but if I place a game cd into it will doesn't recongize it and gives the error when clicked on.

I've checked in the "cmd" mode and it reads other cds but not the two games cds that I tried.

There are no errors in device manager, and I also checked and changed the DMA mode but it the same.

What do you think? Would deleting the filters work? Othen than that what to check? I seem to remember that a file maybe corrupt and replaced would fix it, but cann't remember.

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June 19, 2010 at 21:07:42
Are you sure the subject games CDs are CDs and not DVDs ? A CD-RW drive can't read DVDs.

If the subject games CDs are CDs, are they burned copies of CDs ? Any drive should have no problem reading CD-R disks, but other types of burnable disks may not read properly in a drive they were not made in.

If you had a filters lines in the Registry problem it would affect all CDs.

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June 20, 2010 at 06:42:45
The games are new out of the box and not dvds.

The thing is that a made cdrw cd will get recongized, which has been made by another computer, but will not recongize the cds of new games even in the cmd mode D:/DIR

That is what is weird, maybe something to do with the software of the burner I quest.

What you think?

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June 20, 2010 at 19:17:29
The burning software brand or version should have no bearing at all on whether the drive can read a disk.

What are the specific game CDs that the drive won't read?

It's possible that a recent or fairly recent game is using some file format that an older CD-RW drive can't recognize.

How old is the CD-RW drive?
Quote the model shown in Device Manager - I might be able to estimate it's age from that, and find it's specs..

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June 20, 2010 at 20:51:08
What kind of games come on CDRW media?

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June 20, 2010 at 22:35:45
It appears he's telling us more than one "factory" game CD, not a DVD, is not being read by a CD-RW drive.

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June 21, 2010 at 07:31:42
Some info: Its an Compaq Presario 6000 desktop.

I've recently had to replace the motherboard and after a day are so noticed that the CDRW will not open are load any games cd, or any other data cds, but will open an CDRW.

My tought is now is that maybe the motherboard chipset or something needs updating, maybe?

btw: the same model and part # for motherboard. I also placed another known good CDrom into the desktop and it's reacts the same.

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June 21, 2010 at 08:42:01
Did you enter the BIOS (setup) screens after installing the Board and set values in there as required?

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June 21, 2010 at 14:49:25
If the replacement mboard is identical to the one you replaced, if you did not reload Windows from a regular CD, if the the original Compaq software installation is still on the hard drive, Windows already has all the necessary drivers for your system (for the mboard plus any cards that came with the system) built into it.

If you reloaded the hard drive by using the proper Recovery CD set for your Compaq model, Windows may already have all the necessary drivers for your system built into it.

Note that there are two types of Recovery CD sets.
The older type installs everything in one go - you are prompted to insert the second, etc., CD - the Product Key is automatically installed - XP is automatically Activated.
For the newer type, the first CD is merely a slightly modified OEM XP CD (Home or Pro). You see Setup and the same things you see as when you use a regular XP CD. You probably have to supply the Product Key that's on the Microsoft label on the outside of the case. You probably have to Activate XP yourself. You must also install the contents of the Drivers and Applications CD, or Similar, or at least the Drivers.and associated software. If you don't have a second CD that has the Drivers, you need to do the same as the following - get and install the proper Drivers and associated software.

If your system has XP MCE on it, XP MCE does not fit on one CD. You need the two CD OEM MCE set, and you need to swap the CDs in the SAME optical drive, at the proper times when prompted (NOTE that the titles of the CDs Setup asks for are WRONG - a bug that has never been fixed) , in order to load MCE properly.
(I've never heard of or seen an XP MCE DVD).

However, if you reloaded Windows from a regular CD..........

XP doesn't have the drivers built in for most things that first came out after XP was first released, circa 2001, and it doesn't have some of the drivers built in for things made before that.

Whenever you load Windows from a regular Windows CD (or DVD) from scratch, after Setup is finished you must load the drivers for the mboard, particularly the main chipset drivers, in order for Windows to have the proper drivers for and information about your mboard hardware, including it's AGP or PCI-E, ACPI, USB 2.0 if it has it, and drive controller support. If you have a generic system and have the CD that came with the mboard, all the necessary drivers are on it. If you load drivers from the web, brand name system builders and mboard makers often DO NOT have the main chipset drivers listed in the downloads for your model - in that case you must go to the maker of the main chipset's web site, get the drivers, and load them.

Load the main chipset drivers first.

Your optical and hard drives may NOT work properly until AFTER the main chipset drivers have been installed !

"Compaq Presario 6000 desktop"

Support info...
That's not specific enough information - 256 possibilities

Find the Sxxxx or 6xxxx model on the label on the outside of the case, or the Product number on that label - p/n - the part of it before the #. Tell us what that is.

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June 21, 2010 at 16:50:21
I did enter Bios but there is very little in the config and setups.
When loading windows there seem to be no problem and no indication in the Device Manager. I didn't notice that the Cdrw wasn't working properly until a couple of days later when trying to install a new game. The game is Grand Theft Auto San Andreas .(My daughters pc)

What about the service packs?

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June 21, 2010 at 17:23:01
I think I may have found the problem.

The game requires an DVD player.

Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas will be shipping on a single layer DVD disc (DVD-5) for the PC. Those without a DVD-ROM drive will need to upgrade if they want to play San Andreas PC. For more details on whether San Andreas PC is compatible with your system, consult the system requirements:

Minimal System
•1GHz Intel Pentium III or AMD Athlon Processor
•256MB of RAM
•8x DVD-ROM Drive
•3.6 GB of free space for a minimal install
•64MB Video Card with DirectX 9 compatible drivers
•DirectX 9 compatible Stereo Sound Card
•Keyboard & Mouse
Recommended System
•Intel Pentium 4 or AMD Athlon XP processor
•384MB(+) of RAM
•16x DVD-ROM drive
•4.7 GB of free space for a full install
•128MB Video Card with DirectX 9 compatible drivers
•DirectX 9 compatible Surround Sound Card
•Game pad with twin axis analog controls (USB or Joystick Port)
•Keyboard & Mouse

I will check the pc and let you know for sure.

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June 21, 2010 at 19:19:03
You can't read a DVD of any type in a CD-RW (only) drive.

Technically both CDs and DVDs are compact disks - CDs generically - and have the same diameter and other general physical specs, but the data is recorded differently on DVDs - it's recorded in tracks a lot finer and closer together than on a CD.

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June 21, 2010 at 19:33:58
And if you have a CDRW only optical drive chances are your computer is pretty old and may not play games very well anyway.

This entire thread was about convincing you that you were dealing with a DVD. What a waste of time.

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June 22, 2010 at 11:55:50
Support for an example of a Presario 6000 Desktop - 6000EA

Example specs, for the 6000EA series:

100 MHz System Bus

SDram up to PC133

P4 Williamette cpus up to 2 ghz (first generation P4s ?)

Puny 235 watt power supply capacity; uATX - smaller than standard, physically.
If you have upgraded or intend to upgrade the AGP card, that may not be enough capacity with the card installed.

AGP slot - 2X / 4X AGP

No onboard (built into the mboard) video.

Optical drives available were CD-RW, only, or DVD-Rom (reads CDs too but can't burn them), or DVD-RW (DVD "combo" - also reads and burns CDs).

If those specs are similar to those for your specific model (see the last part of Response 8 after "Compaq Presario 6000 desktop"),
if you get yourself a DVD "combo" burner drive, your system is fast enough such that your games may work okay, but maybe not the best they can, depending on what the capabilities of your AGP graphics card are (games often specify the minimum video memory required, e.g. 64mb in the specs for the game you quoted).
E.g. LG "combo" DVD burner drives are quite cheap, they're relatively well balanced and quiet while spinning a disk, and are quite good quality, except they're not the best for reading badly scratched disks. You can get them locally from smaller places that build custom computers and sell a lot of computer parts, the cheapest way is as a "bulk" drive - it merely comes in a plastic anti-static bag, along with a free version of Nero burning software and Power DVD on a CD

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June 22, 2010 at 18:29:46
Thanks Tubesandwires, you have been very helpful, Can't say that for Othehill.

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June 22, 2010 at 18:43:29
If you don't know the difference between a DVD and a CDRW at least you could have read the packaging.

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June 23, 2010 at 07:24:52
Why do you keep replying if this thread was wasting your time?

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June 23, 2010 at 19:29:49
We who answer frequently on this web site are often frustrated by people who have started a Topic who have not provided enough information, or who have provided inaccurate information, and that often results in a lot of extra effort from us.
OtheHill is the moderator of the Hardware forum - he sees that a lot more than I do.

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June 24, 2010 at 08:01:52
I understand, but to help someone is the purpose of this forum, right? Even if the person may not know as much as those that help! And a moderator should know this, and not come off as it piss him off.

And besides the pc of my daughters is 100 miles away.

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June 24, 2010 at 10:26:52
Never the less, you were insistent that you had a CDRW disk. I asked you at the very beginning what kind of games came on CDRW. I did that to question the media.

Tubesandwires also questioned the CDRW statement. Had you simply looked the issue would have been settled.

There is an assumption that posters have a rudimentary knowledge of computers. That would include knowing the difference between a CDRW and a DVD. Optical disks are labeled to show what type of disk they are. A CDRW would have had that information right on the top side of the disk.

Had you stated that you didn't have access to the computer or the disk then that would have been different.

I stand by my statement.

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